COMMISSIONER RELEASES FORMER TULARE COACH ACCUSED OF SEX CRIMES AGAINST STUDENT
November 5, 2020
Sheyanne N Romero
The former Tulare Western High School basketball coach accused of having sex with a student was released from jail without having to fork over any cash.
Alec Denney, 25, was granted release this week by Commissioner Ricky Tripp. He'd been held on a $1.1 million bail.
During his arraignment on Friday, Denney entered a not guilty plea.
"Over the strident objection of prosecutors, the court ordered the defendant be released under supervision," said Stuart Anderson, spokesman for the Tulare County District Attorney's Office.
Under the terms of his release, Denney has to report to probation weekly, wear an ankle monitor, and can't get onto social media, according to Anderson.
A preliminary hearing setting is scheduled for Dec. 10.
Last week, Denney was charged with three counts of oral sex with a person under 16, three counts of oral sex with a person under 18, two counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object with someone under 18, one count of unlawful sexual intercourse, distributing or showing pornography to a minor, contact with a minor for a sexual offense, and meeting a minor for lewd purposes.
The crimes are said to have been committed between Nov. 2019 and Aug. 2020 against a teenage girl. The victim is a student at Tulare Western, according to police.
Denney was a walk-on coach, meaning he didn't teach classes, Tulare Joint Union High School officials said in a press release. He coached both boys and girls, basketball teams, during the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 seasons.
He is no longer a coach for the district.
If convicted on all charges, Denney faces up to nine years in prison and must register as a sex offender upon release from prison.
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