A youth music director must stand trial for failing to register as a sex offender when he moved from Poway to El Cajon last year, a judge ruled today.
Vincent Harry Greco, 63, pleaded guilty in 1969 to committing a lewd act on a child under 14 in Napa County and was required to register as a sex offender wherever he lived for the rest of his life, said Deputy District Attorney Kristian Trocha.
Judge Michael Wellington ruled that enough evidence was presented at a preliminary hearing today to order Greco to stand trial April 29 on a single felony count of a sex offender failing to notify authorities of his change of address.
The judge dismissed a second felony charge of failing to register as a sex offender because it was duplicative.
Greco, held on $100,000 bail, faces up to six years in state prison if convicted, Trocha said. A readiness conference was set for April 16.
Last month, SDPD sex-crimes investigators received a report about possible "inappropriate conduct" between Greco and a student at San Diego School of Creative Performing Arts, where he volunteered as a music instructor.
Police subsequently determined that Greco was a registered sex offender and had failed to notify administrators at the arts school about that fact, said Lt. Rick O'Hanlon of the San Diego Police Department.
He also failed to notify police about his contact with minors and did not disclose his home address, both of which are required by his status as a sex offender, according to the SDPD.
Detectives arrested Greco on Feb. 22, shortly before he was to lead a rehearsal of the Jazz Ensemble, whose members range in age from 13 to 19, O'Hanlon said.
The band used a room at Mesa College in Linda Vista to practice but is not affiliated with the school, according to police.
Greco is a pianist and conductor who co-founded the Jazz Ensemble in 2006, according to the group's Web site.
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