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District Issues Statement on Charges Against Coach

  • By David Barron

Following several days of stories by a Pasadena newspaper regarding allegations of misconduct by Mark Keppel basketball coach Joe Kikuchi, the following statement was issued by the Alhambra Unified School District and the Alhamra Police Department on Friday, September 25, 2015. The statement read as follows:

"On the morning of Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 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. The Alhambra Police Department was notified and an investigation began.

Over the course of the next several days, Alhambra Police Department detectives learned that a walk-on coach for the girls’ basketball team at Mark Keppel High School in Alhambra had begun an inappropriate relationship with one of his players. The investigation showed that on numerous occasions over the last year there was unlawful sexual contact between the coach and the female player. On September 24, 2015, based on the evidence that has been collected, Alhambra PD detectives arrested 56 year old Joseph Alan Kikuchi; commonly referred to by his players as “Coach Joe.”

Mr. Kikuchi was booked on multiple felony counts including Penal Code section 288 (c) (1) {Lewd and Lascivious Acts with a minor}. His bail has not yet been set. He is scheduled to appear for an arraignment at Alhambra Superior Court on Monday, September 28, 2015.Mr. Kikuchi resigned his position as a coach on September 15, 2015. 

The Alhambra Police Department encourages anyone with information about this case or any other incidents involving this suspect relating to sexual misconduct with children to call (626) 570-5156 or e-mail the detective bureau at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ."

A follow-up story in the Pasadena newspaper stated that Kikuchi was freed when he posted $100,00 bail shortly after he was by police. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Alhambra Superior Court on Oct. 23. Also, the article stated that the County District Attorney's office had not filed formal charge against Kikuchi by the end of the day Friday.

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