VISTA, California (July 28, 2017) — Nikolaos “Nick” Philippoussis is being held on $9.2 million bail after being arrested for the alleged child molestation of two 9-year-old girls who took tennis lessons from the coach over a one-year period.
Philippoussis, 68, of Mira Mesa, who is the father of retired tennis star Mark Philippoussis, plead not guilty at a Vista Superior Court hearing to two counts of sex acts with a child under 10 years old as well as about a dozen counts of lewd and lascivious behavior with a child under 14 years old. He faces 210 years in jail if convicted of all counts against him.
The District Attorney has filed charges against the tennis coach accusing him of molesting the two girls at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club tennis courts, his own home and his car. The abuse was considered to be substantial and invasive and took place between June 2016 and June 2017.
Philippoussis, who is a citizen of Australia, also coached his son who was twice a Grand Slam finalist and once ranked eighth in the world as a tennis player. The younger Philippoussis resides in North County.
The bail was raised from the standard $2.5 million to $9.2 million and if Philippoussis posts bail he must surrender his passport.
A routine court hearing is scheduled for August 31 and a preliminary hearing will be held on October 5.
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