A California high school boys' basketball coach is out on bail after allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl and attempting to run her parents over when he dropped her off during Saturday's early morning hours, according to KFSN-TV.
Clovis (Calif.) Police Department arrested Anthony Lepore, 25, on five felony charges, including lewd and lascivious acts with a juvenile and assault with a deadly weapon, according to the local ABC affiliate. Lepore was released on $165,000 bail Tuesday.
Lepore was in his first season as varsity boys' basketball coach at Parlier (Calif.) High, where he also served as a math teacher since August. He led the Panthers to an 0-11 record prior to reportedly being placed on administrative leave without pay this past weekend.
According to police reports obtained by KFSN-TV from both the Sanger (Calif.) Police Department and Clovis PD, the teenage girl's parents reported her missing around midnight, and when they confronted Lepore as he dropped her off a few hours later, he allegedly attempted to run them over while driving off in his car.
Lepore has since been relieved of his duties as both coach and teacher, Parlier Unified School District Superintendent Gerardo Alvarez told news station. Meanwhile, Parlier returned to the court on Tuesday with a new coach and suffered a 12th straight loss.
"To me, (Lepore) as I met him, he was a nice coach," a parent of one player told a reporter for the ABC affiliate who attended the game. "He was active, good with the kids."
Sure sounds like it.
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