North San Diego County tennis coach held on $9.2 million bail for molestation investigation

VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) - A San Diego tennis instructor is being held on $9.2 million bail Thursday for charges including sexual intercourse with a child ten years old or younger.

68-year-old Nikolaos (“Nick”) Philippoussis pleaded not guilty in Vista court.

He was arrested at his home in Mira Mesa on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts with two nine-year-old children.

The incidents happened at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club, Philippoussis' home, and his car said prosecutors.

According to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, Nick Philippoussis worked as a personal tennis coach in North County.

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Philippoussis is the father of retired professional tennis player Mark Philippoussis, who attended Thursday's Vista court hearing.

The defense attorney told 10News the Philippoussis family was shocked by the charges.

Prosecutors said Thursday the 14 counts could lead to 210 years to life in prison if Philippoussis is tried and convicted.

 

SDSO detectives are currently investigating and ask anyone with information related to the arrest to call the Sheriff's Department at 858-974-2310.

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