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A lawyer for former Mark Keppel High School basketball coach Joseph Alan Kikuchi is denying allegations that Kikuchi sexually assaulted a 16-year-old on his team multiple times in the last year.

Joseph Kikuchi, 56, a former basketball coach at Mark Keppel High School in Alhambra, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of sexual assault against a minor. (Credit: Alhambra Police Department)

Joseph Kikuchi, 56, a former basketball coach at Mark Keppel High School in Alhambra, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of sexual assault against a minor. (Credit: Alhambra Police Department)

Alhambra police arrested Kikuchi, 56, on Thursday morning on multiple felony counts of sexual assault, including lewd or lascivious acts against a minor. Kikuchi was released on $100,000 bail close to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Kikuchi resigned as coach at the school in Alhambra on Sept. 15 because of a heart condition, Kikuchi’s lawyer Paul Geller, a Pasadena criminal defender, said in an emailed statement to the Los Angeles Times. The statement accused the police of ignoring his client’s health. Geller would not elaborate on what that condition was in a phone interview.

“I had reached out to the police about a week before because they had served a search warrant at [Kikuchi’s] house,” Geller said in an interview. He said police never responded to a voicemail he left “in order to cooperate and be mindful of Mr. Kikuchi’s health.”

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