Sep 24, 2015
Sexual Assault Arrest

Investigation uncovers inappropriate relationship between Mark Keppel HS coach and one of his players


     Alhambra Police Department News Release

         Mark Yokoyama, Chief of Police                                                      211 South First Street
         626 570-5131                                                                                      Alhambra, CA  91801


    DATE OF RELEASE:  Wednesday, September 24, 2015   
    PDF OF RELEASE: Click here

Sexual Assault Arrest

On the morning of Tuesday, September 15, 2015, an administrator with the Alhambra Unified School District was made aware of a rumor regarding an intimate relationship that was allegedly occurring between a female high school student and her adult basketball coach.  The Alhambra Police Department was notified and an investigation began.


Over the course of the next several days, Alhambra Police Department detectives learned that a walk-on coach for the girls’ basketball team at Mark Keppel High School in Alhambra had begun an inappropriate relationship with one of his players.  The investigation showed that on numerous occasions over the last year there was unlawful sexual contact between the coach and the female player. Late this morning, based on the evidence that has been collected, Alhambra PD detectives arrested 56 year old Joseph Alan Kikuchi; commonly referred to by his players as “Coach Joe.” Mr. Kikuchi was booked on multiple felony counts including Penal Code section 288 (c) (1) {Lewd and Lascivious Acts with a minor}. His bail has not yet been set. He is scheduled to appear for an arraignment at Alhambra Superior Court on Monday, September 28, 2015.


The Alhambra Police Department has been advised by the Alhambra Unified School District that Mr. Kikuchi resigned his position as a coach on September 15, 2015.


The Alhambra Police Department encourages anyone with information about this case or any other incidents involving this suspect relating to sexual misconduct with children to call (626) 570-5156 or e-mail our detective bureau at:


Mr. Kikuchi is pictured below. Additional information will be released as it becomes available. 


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