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Former El Capitan swim coach pleads not guilty to molesting student

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EL CAJON (CNS) - A former El Capitan High School assistant swimming coach pleaded not guilty Friday to molesting a 16-year-old girl who attends the East County secondary school.

Ryan Campbell Stevens, 22, was allowed by Judge Charles Ervin to remain free on $100,000 bond.

Stevens, a Lakeside resident who was a part-time swim instructor at the school last winter and spring, is charged with a single count of oral copulation with a minor. He turned himself in at the Santee sheriff's substation the evening of Nov. 4, San Diego County sheriff's Sgt. Justin White said.

The alleged assault 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 alleged assault the following day, the sergeant said.

Stevens faces three years in state prison if convicted.

The judge scheduled a readiness conference for Dec. 16.

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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