LANCASTER — A 38-year-old man who coached the varsity girls basketball team at Palmdale High School was charged Tuesday with more than a dozen felony sex counts.
Marcus Williams of Lancaster is facing one count of meeting a minor for lewd purposes and two counts each of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, lewd act upon a child, oral copulation of a person under 16, contact with a minor for sexual offense, possession of child or youth pornography, distribution of child pornography, and activity involving material depicting sexual conduct, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The sex-related charges involve a 15-year-old girl, according to LADA spokesman Ricardo Santiago. The child pornography charges involve a number of videos and photos that Williams allegedly had, Santiago said, adding that many of the images were of the victim.
The crimes allegedly took place in December of 2015 and on Jan. 7, according to the felony complaint.
Williams was arrested around 12:13 a.m. on Jan. 8, according to LASD inmate records.
He was arrested near 45th Street E. and Avenue Q-12 in Palmdale after he was spotted in his car with a minor, according to various media outlets that cited the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau detectives could not be reached Tuesday for comment on the investigation.
Representatives from the Antelope Valley Union High School District also did not return calls for comment on Tuesday.
In a statement to NBC Los Angeles, the school district said: “Immediately upon learning from the Palmdale Sheriff’s Department we responded to the incident. We are addressing it as a personnel matter in accordance with state law and district policy. We are working with the sheriff’s department.”
Williams was scheduled to be arraigned on the 15 felony counts Tuesday, but the arraignment was postponed to Jan. 29, Santiago said.
Williams has been jailed since his Jan. 8 arrest, and bail is now set at $500,000, according to Santiago.
UPDATED 1-29-16: Marcus Williams was scheduled to be arraigned today, but the arraignment was postponed to Feb. 16. We’ll continue to follow this story.