Mira Costa H.S. Coach Charged With Rape in Alleged Sex Assault of 15-Year-Old Girl

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A junior varsity basketball coach at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl at her home last year has been charged with rape, the DA’s office announced Monday.

Timothy Lee Lucas II is seen in an image provided by the Hermosa Beach Police Department.

Timothy Lee Lucas II is seen in an image provided by the Hermosa Beach Police Department.

Timothy Lee Lucas II, a girl’s basketball coach who has worked at several Southern California schools, was arrested at Manhattan Beach Middle School on Wednesday, according to a Hermosa Beach Police Department news release.

The 32-year-old Cypress resident allegedly assaulted the girl at her home between Jan. 1, 2014 and Feb. 28, 2014, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office stated.

Lucas was charged with two counts of forcible rape of child victim over 14 years, three counts of lewd acts upon a child and one count of sexual penetration by foreign object of minor over 14, Deputy District Attorney Maren Dermody said.

Lucas pleaded not guilty late Friday and was scheduled to return to court on July 14, according to the DA’s Office.

He was being held on $500,000 bail.

If convicted of the charges, Lucas faces a maximum sentence of 32 years in state prison, the DA’s Office stated in a news release.

Lucas has worked at Mira Costa High School, Redondo Beach Union High School, Torrance West High School, Manhattan Beach Middle School and Bishop Montgomery High School, according to the Police Department.

The case is still under investigation by the Hermosa Beach Police Department. Anyone with additional information was asked to contact Detective Dean Garkow at 310-318-0348 dgarkow@hermosapolice.org or Detective Jonathan Cruz at 310-318-0332 jcruz@hermosapolice.org.

 

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