A Los Angeles-area school board member accused of sexually assaulting an adult friend in a San Diego hotel room has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge.
Skyy D. Fisher, 31, a Compton Unified School District trustee, was arraigned Wednesday on a charge of oral copulation of an unconscious person. He is free on $100,000 bail.
Fisher was arrested on July 23 at his workplace in downtown Los Angeles and held in a San Diego jail before being released.
The investigation involves oral copulation of an unconscious person identified in an arrest warrant as a 26-year-old male. According to court documents, Fisher's friend told authorities that he and the defendant had traveled to San Diego in April and shared a room in a hotel, sleeping in separate beds.
The alleged victim said he woke up to Fisher assaulting him.
Fisher, in an earlier interview with NBC 4 Los Angeles, has denied the allegations.
"I'm shocked, shocked. It was very hard when I found that's what the charge was," Fisher said in an interview with NBC4. "It's very stressful for me, but my main goal is to defend my name."
Fisher was elected to the school board on Nov. 8, 2011, and is the youngest member elected.
In 2012, he was arrested on suspicion of driving intoxicated and made national headlines after using a homophobic slur to refer to Trayvon Martin in a podcast, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.
He is due back in court again Oct. 15 for a hearing to determine readiness for trial.