A former Shadow Hills High School boys basketball coach is released on bail after being accused of raping a teenage girl he was coaching.
Ryan Leron Towner, 35, was arrested on June 10 following an investigation by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. The alleged crime took place between August 2017 and July 2018.
He was charged last week with one count each of obscene acts on a child under the age of 14 with force and illegal sex with a minor.
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Towner, who remains in custody after posting a $ 55,000 bond, is due to be arraigned Oct. 12 at the Larson Justice Center in Indio.
Investigator Joshua Reinbolz said Towner coached the 16-year-old on a “travel basketball team”. Additional information on the circumstances of the alleged crimes was not disclosed.
Towner coached the Shadow Hills men’s team from 2018 through most of the 2021 season. The Knights won the Division 3-A championship in 2020.
Towner hasn’t coached the team for their last 10 games this season and was fired by the Indio school days before his arrest. It was not clear whether his dismissal stemmed from the allegations.
Towner has previously been convicted of credit card fraud.