A former high school water polo and swim coach pleaded not guilty Friday to sexually assaulting three teenage girls.
Joshua Christopher Owens, 23, of La Palma, was charged with oral copulation of a minor younger than 16 and digital penetration of a minor, both felonies, along with six misdemeanor counts of child annoyance.
Owens was a part-time water polo and swim coach at Kennedy High School in La Palma and also worked as a lifeguard in Long Beach, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Owens allegedly met the three girls, between 14 and 16 years old, through his job as coach. The alleged sexual assaults happened at places in Los Angeles and Orange counties, prosecutors said.
Owens allegedly sexually assaulted one girl between September 2014 and April 2015, prosecutors said.
Another girl was allegedly groped and he is accused of touching himself in front of her between January and June of last year, according to prosecutors.
He is accused of kissing a third girl multiple times on various occasions between March and June of last year, according to prosecutors.
— City News Service
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