New charges brought against fencing coach

A youth fencing coach already accused of having a sexual relationship with a teenage female student was charged Aug. 2 with victimizing a different girl 10 years ago.

Vijay Prasad, 51, was the after-school fencing coach at La Jolla Country Day School and also coached fencing through the recreation department at the University of California at San Diego. He was taken into custody when prosecutor Elizabeth McClutchey told a judge of the new charges.

Prasad’s bail was raised from $200,000 to $300,000 on his old case, and bail was set at $150,000 on the new case.

McClutchey said the new charges against Prasad involve alleged illegal sex acts with an underage female in 2002. In that case, he is charged with four counts each of sexual penetration with a foreign object and oral copulation with a minor.

Prasad was charged in February with 13 counts, including sodomy of a person under 16 by a person over 21 and committing a lewd act on a child 14 or 15 years of age. Those crimes allegedly occurred between 2005 and 2007, McClutchey said.

The defendant faces seven years and eight months in prison if convicted, according to the prosecutor.