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Oct 9, 2012 6:34 PM by Madelyn Monteath, KSBY News

Former St. Joseph High School student enters no contest plea in sexual assault case

A Central Coast teen accused of sexually assaulting a fellow student has entered a no contest plea in court on Tuesday.

Back in June, the Santa Barbara County District Attorney filed charges against a former St. Joseph High School student for sexually assaulting a fellow student. This case is just one of several involved. Another former St. Joseph's student, Shane Villalpando, 18, is also charged with sexual assault. The school's principal, Joseph Myers and former Dean of Students, John Walker, were both found guilty last week for failure to report the alleged sexual assault to police.

A "no contest plea" is technically not an admission of guilt but acknowledgment that there is enough substantial evidence in the case to result in conviction.

The teen who was in court is scheduled to be released Tuesday. The second teen involved in this case, Villalpando, has a trial date set for later this month.

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