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Man accused of sex with underage girl met her while a football assistant coach

Nicolas OvendaleA 20-year-old Valencia man facing felony charges for allegedly having sex with a teenage girl got to know her when he was an assistant coach for the Hart High School freshman football team, authorities said.

Nicolas Ovendale, 20, is accused of having sex with the 15-year-old girl in late October in his parked car in the Stevenson Ranch area, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Brian Hudson said.

"There was no force involved," Hudson said. "They knew each other. I can't say that she consented to it because minors can't consent. You can call it an inappropriate relationship."

Hudson said the incident was immediately reported to the Sheriff's Department when school administrators found out in early November.

Ovendale was arrested Thursday in Santa Clarita. He was charged with one count of unlawful sexual intercourse and a secondary count of oral copulation. He was released on $50,000 bail Thursday night, Hudson said.

The 2008 Hart graduate was prohibited from coaching after the allegation came to light, said Gail Pinsker, spokeswoman for the William S. Hart Union High School District.

"We are cooperating with law enforcement, and the safety of our students is our No. 1 priority," Pinsker said, adding that Ovendale had undergone a rigorous background check before he was hired as a part-time employee.

Ovendale, who worked at a supermarket, played football for Hart from 2005 to 2008. His biography was removed from the school's football website on Friday.


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Photo: Nicolas Ovendale. Credit: KTLA-TV

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