A Parlier High School teacher is in the Fresno County Jail, accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl, the Sanger Police Department reported Monday.
Anthony Joseph Lepore, 25, who also is the school's varsity basketball coach, was arrested Jan. 18, Sanger Police Chief Silver Rodriguez said.
He faces five felony charges, including sexual assault of a minor, lewd acts with a minor and assault. His bail is $165,000, according to the Fresno County Sheriff's Office website.
Rodriguez said he could not give details because the case involves several police departments, which are still investigating Lepore.
The case began when the girl's parents reported her missing to the Parlier Police Department on the night of Jan. 17. The parents were waiting for her to come home when Lepore dropped the girl off at her home, Rodriguez said.
The parents then confronted Lepore and an altercation occurred before Lepore drove off, the chief said.
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