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Vancouver, Washington’s Mark Yamashita no longer Camas High School girls wrestling head coach 

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Mark Yamashita, 49, of Vancouver, Clark County, Washington, United States used to be the head coach of the girls wrestling team of Camas High School in Camas, Clark County. From 2018 to 2021, the Camas School District paid him a stipend ranging from $1,744 to $7,000 for extracurricular activities.

Yamashita is accused of having sexual contact with a female wrestler, then 15, in his residence in Vancouver every wrestling meet since the Mat Classic state high school wrestling championships took place in Tacoma, Washington from February 18-19, 2022. The two traveled to club wrestling tournaments on trips not affiliated with Camas High School.

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On May 8, 2022, Yamashita allegedly raped the same girl, then 16, at the Hampton Inn in Woodinville, King County, Washington. On May 9, 2022, she told a fellow wrestler that she had been raped and police were contacted.

On May 11, 2022, the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office filed a charge of third-degree rape against Yamashita in Clark County Superior Court in Vancouver. A warrant was issued for his arrest.

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On May 13, 2022, Yamashita made his first court appearance. Represented by Vancouver attorney Steve Thayer, the former Camas High School girls wrestling head coach entered a not-guilty plea when he was arraigned on May 20, 2022. 

Yamashita’s pre-trial readiness will be on July 21, 2022. His trial will be on August 1, 2022.

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