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Swim instructor pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges

March 25, 2011

NEWPORT BEACH — An Irvine swim instructor pleaded not guilty Friday to sexually assaulting a 15-year-old student between 2010 and January of this year.

Todd Robert Sousa, 36, is accused of more than a dozen counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and lewd acts on a child.

Prosecutors said he repeatedly had sex with the girl. One of the girl's friends found out and told her parents, who called police.

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Sousa faces up to 13 years in prison if convicted.

Joseph Serna

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