Ex-La Jolla fencing coach gets 5 years prison
by Neal Putnam
Published - 11/21/12 - 02:03 PM | 7623 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A former La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS) and UC San Diego fencing coach was sentenced Nov. 16 to five years in state prison after he pleaded guilty to sexual activity with two underage girls who were his students at the time.

Both girls are now adults and one told San Diego Superior Court Judge Eugenia Eyherabide how the sexual relationship with Vijay Prasad, 51, of Carmel Valley, affected her today. The mother of the other girl spoke on behalf of her daughter, who lives out of the state.

Eyherabide ordered Prasad to register as a sex offender after he is paroled. He was given credit for 249 days already spent in jail and was fined more than $6,200.

Prasad worked as a volunteer coach at an after-school program at La Jolla Country Day School and was previously a fencing coach through the recreation department at UCSD.

Prasad was arrested Jan. 31 after his former student at LJCDS told her mother in 2011 about the sexual activity that started in 2005 when she was 14 years old.

Because of publicity surrounding the first case, another former student who had sex with him in 2002 at UCSD came forward and a second case was filed against him on Aug. 2. Prasad had been free on $200,000 bond, but was arrested that day and remained in jail.

He pleaded guilty Sept. 13 to several counts of sexual activity with a minor. The guilty pleas spared the victims from having to testify in court.

Prasad’s probation report stated he had sex with one girl in the front seat of his BMW, which he would park at an underground parking lot at grocery stores in La Jolla or Mount Helix. The car had tinted windows and he would put up a sun-shade screen under the windshield.

One victim said she had sex with Prasad between 50-70 times in his car. He also gave her gifts and cash occasionally, the report said. The earlier victim said she eventually lived with him temporarily and helped him financially for a while.

A number of people wrote favorable character letters about Prasad to the judge.
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