Former swimming coach to be arraigned on molestation charges

EL CAJON (CNS) – A former assistant swimming coach at El Capitan High accused of molesting a 16-year-old girl who attends the East County secondary school was scheduled to be arraigned Friday.

Ryan Campbell Stevens, 22, turned himself in at the Santee sheriff's substation the evening of Nov. 4 and was arrested on suspicion of oral copulation with a minor by means of force or fear, San Diego County sheriff's Sgt. Justin White said.

Stevens, a Lakeside resident who was a part-time swim instructor at the high school last winter and spring, was booked into county jail in downtown San Diego. Late last Friday morning, he posted $100,000 bail and was released on his own recognizance.

The sex assault allegedly occurred Nov. 1, as Stevens and the teenage girl were helping take down decorations at a Lakeside home where a Halloween “haunted house” had been staged, according to White. The holiday event was a private function, he said.

The girl reported the purported assault the following day, the sergeant said.

Though the alleged molestation did not occur at El Capitan or at a campus-sponsored function, school officials notified county Child Protective Services personnel immediately after it was reported, according to Catherine Martin, a spokeswoman for Grossmont Union High School District.

The district “aggressively pursues allegations of criminal activity against its students,” Martin said.

Stevens served as a “walk on” coach at the Lakeside campus from February to May of this year and is no longer a district employee, Martin said.

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