Former Alhambra High School Coach Exchanged 52,000 Text Messages With Girl He Is Accused of Abusing: Prosecutor

More than 52,000 text messages exchanged between a former Alhambra high school basketball coach and a female student on his team detail eight months of alleged sexual abuse, police and district attorney’s investigators testified during a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Joseph Alan Kikuchi, a former high school basketball coach in Alhambra, at his December 2015 arraignment on sexual abuse charges. Kikuchi's preliminary hearing was Tuesday. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Joseph Alan Kikuchi, a former high school basketball coach in Alhambra, at his December 2015 arraignment on sexual abuse charges. Kikuchi’s preliminary hearing was Tuesday. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Joseph Alan Kikuchi, 57, was a basketball coach at Mark Keppel High School when he allegedly began sexually abusing a teenager on his team in February 2015, prosecutors said. The girl was 15 and 16 years old during that time.

Deputy district attorney Rena Durrant called witnesses from the Alhambra Police Department and the district attorney’s office who provided often harrowing details of some of the thousands of text messages exchanged from about February to September 2015.

Alhambra police retrieved between 52,000 and 53,000 text messages from the girl’s cell phone after she had deleted them, Alhambra police Lt. James Hammond testified during the hearing.

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