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Coach fired after arrest for alleged lewd conduct
September 25, 2014, 05:00 AM By Nathan Mollat Daily Journal

El Camino football coach Mark Turner was fired Wednesday after he was arrested for an alleged lewd act with a 15-year-old that occurred during the summer, the South San Francisco Unified School District said in a press release.

Turner, 38, who graduated El Camino in 1994, spent six years as the Colts’ offensive coordinator, before taking over as head coach prior to 2010 season. The press release said Turner had recently been hired as part of the El Camino campus security team. There was no word on who the new football coach would be.

The incident allegedly occurred in South San Francisco in July at an off-campus location that was not specified. The girl disclosed the alleged attack to school officials, who in turn contacted the South San Francisco Police Department. Police Sgt. Tom Neary said Turner was arrested Tuesday night.

“[The incident] came to our attention [Tuesday],” Neary said.

Turner was also formerly a co-head coach for the boys’ varsity basketball, before stepping down after the 2012-13 season. The South San Francisco Police Department said in release Turner has also spent several years coaching girls’ club basketball teams around the Bay Area. The department said it is unsure if there are any other additional victims.

The school district said Turner’s firing will stand regardless of the outcome of the police investigation.

The district also said it has notified parents of El Camino students about the arrest and investigation of Turner.

A message to El Camino athletic director Jeff Cosico could not be left because his voicemail has not been set up.

Turner, a Castro Valley resident, was being held on $150,000 bail. It is not known whether he has posted bail.

The Colts are off to a 2-1 record to start the 2014 season and, in Turner’s previous four seasons, he’s compiled a Peninsula Athletic League Lake Division record of 13-7 and overall record during that span of 22-19.



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