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Foothill High School basketball coach arraigned for sexual assault of minor

Stephen Calton is being held on suspicion of oral copulation with a minor.
Stephen Calton is being held on suspicion of oral copulation with a minor. Sacramento County Sheriff's Office

Foothill High School’s boys’ basketball coach was arraigned Monday afternoon after being arrested on suspicion of having oral sex with a minor.

Stephen Calton, 32, was arrested on felony charges Thursday night after an investigation dating back to June of this year.

A former Foothill High School student, who is now an adult, told the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department about her relationship with Calton that occurred two years ago. Court documents show that on or about February 1, 2016 and October 31, 2016, Calton participated in consensual oral sex with the woman, who was 17 at the time of the incidents.

In court Monday, Calton did not enter a plea and told Sacramento Judge Patrick Marlette that he did not have a lawyer. Marlette gave Calton until Dec 10 to retain legal counsel.

Several of Calton’s supporters attended the arraignment, including basketball friends and a former college professor. They all declined to comment.

Calton cleared background checks prior to being hired at Foothill in 2011, according to Twin Rivers Unified School District spokesperson Zenobia Gerald.

In September 2017, the district was made aware of a May 2016 arrest of Calton which did not involve any students or staff. On Sept. 9, 2016, Calton pleaded no contest to vandalism and domestic abuse charges, and received five years’ probation.

Gerald said the district consulted with legal counsel and took action in accordance with state and federal laws.

Since Calton was already on probation from that case, he is not eligible for bail because the charges violate his probation.

“We are fully committed to taking the necessary steps to protect students and staff,” Gerald said in a statement to The Bee. “The district takes any concerns and complaints regarding the conduct of all employees seriously and will not tolerate inappropriate or unprofessional behavior of any kind.”

Gerald said Calton was immediately placed on administrative leave when the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department informed the district of the allegations.

Calton began coaching freshman and junior varsity basketball at Foothill in 2011. He was promoted to head coach in 2016, according to Foothill’s athletics website.

Calton helped coach Foothill’s football team this season.

Calton will appear again in court Dec. 10.

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