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Coach accused of sex abuse agrees to stand trial

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man who coached an after-school fencing program on the La Jolla Country Day School campus waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday and agreed to stand trial on sex abuse charges stemming from an alleged inappropriate relationship with a high school student.

Vijay Prasad - a coach in charge of youth fencing classes in the recreation department at UC San Diego - faces 11 years in state prison if convicted.

The alleged sexual abuse began when the girl was 15, and she came forward five years after the alleged sex acts.

Prasad, 50, was charged in February with 13 counts, including sodomy of a person under 16 by a person over 21 and committing a lewd act on a child 14 or 15 years of age.

The defendant - out on custody on $200,000 bail - will be back in court May 14 for a readiness conference. A trial date was set for June 19.

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