Compton school official Skyy Fisher denies sexual assault charges in San Diego

SAN DIEGO - A Compton Unified School District trustee accused of sexually assaulting his friend as the 26-year-old man slept in a San Diego hotel room pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a felony charge.

Skyy De'Anthony Fisher, 31, faces up to eight years in state prison if convicted of the charge of oral copulation of an unconscious person, said Deputy District Attorney Lisa Fox.

Judge David Szumowski allowed Fisher to remain free on $100,000 bail and set a preliminary hearing for Nov. 5.

The defendant did not speak to reporters following his arraignment.

Fisher was arrested July 23 at his place of employment at the Los Angeles World Trade Center on a felony warrant issued by San Diego authorities.

According to a declaration in support of the arrest warrant, Fisher's friend told authorities that he and the defendant had traveled to San Diego in April and shared a room at the Keating Hotel, sleeping in separate beds.

The alleged victim said he woke up about 7:30 a.m. on April 4 to find the defendant orally copulating him. He said the alleged assault led to an argument in his car, with him punching Fisher in the face.

In a recorded call, Fisher told the victim he did not know why he orally copulated him, according to the court document. A DNA sample taken from the victim was later matched to Fisher, according to the declaration in support of the arrest warrant.

Fisher was elected to the Compton Unified School Board of Trustees in 2011 and made headlines the following year after an obscenity-laden podcast interview in which he called Trayvon Martin "a [gay slur] black dude." A number of parents joined the Compton branch of the NAACP and other organizations in calling for his resignation. Fisher apologized.

Fisher was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in November. That case is pending, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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