Joseph Alan Kikuchi. Photo courtesy of the Alhambra Police Department
Joseph Alan Kikuchi. Photo courtesy of the Alhambra Police Department

A former girls’ basketball coach at Mark Keppel High School is scheduled to be arraigned Monday after his arrest on multiple felony counts for allegedly having a sexual relationship with one of his players over the past year.

Police began an investigation Sept. 15 when an administrator with the Alhambra Unified School District was made aware of a rumor regarding an intimate relationship that was allegedly occurring between a female high school student and her adult basketball coach, said Sgt. Jerry Johnson of the Alhambra Police Department.

Over the course of the next several days, detectives learned that Joseph Alan Kikuchi had allegedly begun an inappropriate relationship with one of his players, Johnson said.

Kikuchi, 56, resigned his position as a walk-on coach at the Alhambra school on Sept. 15.

“The investigation showed that on numerous occasions over the last year there was unlawful sexual contact between the coach and the female player,” Johnson said.

Based upon the evidence that has been collected, Kikuchi was arrested on multiple felony counts, including lewd and lascivious acts with a minor. His bail has not been set.

Kikuchi is scheduled to be arraigned Monday at the Alhambra Superior Court.

— City News Service

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