Sheriff's Department

PALMDALE —­ A Highland High School teacher and former wrestling coach is free on bond after pleading not guilty on April 4 to nine counts of lewd acts upon a child.

Teacher Stuart Cooper Young will be back in court on April 16 for a preliminary hearing, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.

Young, 38, is charged with four counts of lewd acts upon a child age 14 or 15, and five counts of lewd acts upon a child under age 14.

No further details about Young’s alleged crimes were available Monday.

Young was originally arrested on Feb. 26 and released on Feb. 27 after posting $100,000 bond, according to information from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Inmate Information Center.

Young was rearrested on March 28. His bail was set to $900,000. He remained in jail until his arraignment, when the bail was reduced to $580,000, according to the District Attorney’s office. He was released on April 5 after posting the reduced bond.

Young is on unpaid administrative leave from Antelope Valley Union High School District. His teaching credential was suspended on March 29 for misconduct, according to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

“Obviously law enforcement is doing its investigation. From an employer’s standpoint we will do our investigation. We obviously don’t want to interfere with law enforcement,” an Antelope Valley Union High School District administrator said Monday.

Young resigned as coach of the Highland wrestling team before the 2016-17 season.

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