PARLIER – A teacher and coach at Parlier High School is behind bars after being accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl, according to the Sanger Police Department.
Police arrested 25-year-old Anthony Joseph Lepore on Saturday. In addition to being a math teacher at Parlier High School, Lepore was also the school’s varsity basketball coach.
Lepore is facing five felony charges, including sexual assault of a minor, lewd acts with a minor and assault in connection to the alleged sexual assault of a 16-year-old, according to authorities.
The girl’s parents reported her missing to the Parlier Police Department on Friday night. The parents were waiting for her to return home when Lepore dropped her off. The parents and Lepore got into an altercation and Lepore drove off, according to the Sanger Police Department.
No further details were released because the investigation is ongoing and involves several police departments.
Lepore was booked into Fresno County Jail with bail placed at $165,000.
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