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Former Acalanes Coach Arrested for Inappropriate Relationship with Student

Update: The 22-year-old coach resigned after the school put him on administrative leave.

Update: Saturday Oct. 6, information from Lafayette police.

Lafayette police arrested a 22-year-old volleyball coach at Acalanes High School Friday for having an inappropriate relationship with a minor. 

Daniel Kalustian of Martinez coached volleyball at the high school and reportedly had a relationship with a female student for more than a year, according to the Contra Costa Times. 

He is charged with unlawful sexual conduct. Kalustian was booked into county jail in Martinez with bail set at $100,000, police said.

The Lafayette Police Department is investigating this case. Anyone with information is asked to call the police at (925) 283-3680.

The Lafayette school chief sent the following letter to parents and guardians Friday afternoon: 

I am writing to inform our Parent Community that the District learned that an Acalanes High School coach was arrested today with charges related to an inappropriate relationship and misconduct with a minor student from another school in the District.

The District was alerted to the possible misconduct of the 22 year-old coach, and he was immediately placed on administrative leave; thereafter, he resigned his position with the District. This individual served as a coach in the District and in no other capacity.

The District has extended support to the student and the family to assist them through this process.

We will continue to work with the Lafayette Police Department on this matter, and student safety will continue to be a top priority.

Should questions or concerns arise for your student, please contact a school counselor or administrator.

Sincerely, John Nickerson Superintendent


The Merry One October 11, 2012 at 06:01 AM
Having just had two children athletes (a boy and a girl) who graduated from Acalanes District high schools and who played in 6 different sports teams between the two of them throughout the combined 8 years they were in high school, I can tell you that it was *not* common practice for our athletes to use locker rooms at any away games, unless they needed to use the bathroom upon arrival. In this case, the girls, and usually the boys, always went as a group. Further, my daughter had numerous male coaches who were respectful, highly qualified coaches. They never went into the girls' locker room, either at home or away games. We had a female trainer that did the honors. Most often, injuries were treated courtside or on the field. On occasion, the weight room was used, but in mixed company. The reality is that there are very few adult females out there that are available to coach. The Acalanes District has a difficult time finding coaches in general, let alone restricting girls' teams to female coaches only. I can name numerous coaches at all four of our high schools that are honorable, respectful gentleman who have stepped forward because they care about the girls' athletic program. Let's not let this one deviant blemish the reputation of so many others who are making a positive impact in our communities.
Bailey Lee October 23, 2012 at 03:21 AM
That approach REALLY worked well at Joaquin Moraga and in that situation at Albany. Being a teacher is no guarantee of anything.
TMoraga October 23, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Bailey Lee - thousands and thousands of school kids spending more hours with trained professionals than in many cases their parents life will never be perfect. Hiring the proper people goes a long way to mitigating problems. It will never be 100% fool proof which is why parents still need to be parents.
Bailey Lee October 23, 2012 at 10:29 PM
complete non sequitur. Hiring only teachers as coaches or same sex coaches for teams is no guarantee. Teachers, like cops and firefighters, are just people, not gods in training.
Bailey Lee October 23, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Here's another Judge Judy moment for your consideration: should she get her job back? http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Calif-teacher-fired-for-porn-site-wants-job-back-3974873.php

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