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Former Westview coach accused of molesting student

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CNS) - A former Westview High School volunteer wrestling coach who pleaded no contest to lewd behavior for sending a picture of his privates to a 16-year-old female student was jailed today on suspicion of molesting another underage female student, police said.

Ryan Paul Carnell, 28, who is married and has a child, was arrested this morning at his Rancho Bernardo home, said San Diego police Lt. Rick O'Hanlon.

He was booked into county jail on suspicion of child molestation and false imprisonment.

Carnell allegedly molested a teenaged student he met at the Torrey Highlands-area campus earlier this year.

The lieutenant declined to specify the alleged victim's age or reveal details of the purported molestation.

In September, Carnell pleaded no contest to sending pornography to another teenage girl. He is scheduled to be sentenced for that offense next week and faces a maximum of three years in prison, prosecutors said.

During a preliminary hearing, the girl testified she met Carnell when she was a freshman statistician for Westview's wrestling team, and that the relationship became "a lot more personal" her sophomore year.

She said she exchanged text messages with Carnell up to 10 hours a day.

In February and March, Carnell began sexting, leading to one that included a photograph of his penis accompanied by the message, "Don't be disappointed," according to the teenager's testimony.

Carnell, an employee of a computer firm, was arrested last spring after the girl's friend told a teacher about the message.

The suspect worked as a "walk on" assistant wrestling coach from Nov. 10, 2007, to last March 7, according to Sharon Raffer, director of communications for Poway Unified School District.

"As with all employees and volunteers, Mr. Carnell cleared the Megan's Law and Department of Justice fingerprint background checks conducted by the district," Raffer said.

When the initial sexual-misconduct accusations arose, the school's annual wrestling season had ended, and Carnell was no longer working at the campus.

"At that time, school officials immediately contacted Child Protective Services and law enforcement, who commenced an investigation leading to Mr. Carnell's arrest," Raffer said. "The school also notified all Westview parents through (an) automated ... system. Mr. Carnell has not volunteered in any capacity with the school since that time."

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