'Off Campus' Assistant Coach Charged in Two Rapes

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An "off campus" assistant coach at North Salinas (Calif.) High School has been arrested in connection to rapes that occurred in 2009 and 2015.

John Anthony Fickas, 48, coached girls' field hockey and track and field. He was a local political consultant who in 2015 ran unsuccessfully for the Salinas Union High School District Board. That year, police discovered that an alleged rape they were investigating held similarities to another reported in 2009.

Fickas was arrested Thursday and charged for two counts of rape by use of drugs, two counts of rape of an unconscious person, one count of sodomy of an unconscious person and one count of sodomy by anesthesia or controlled substance. He was released on bail Friday and is due back in court July 22.

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