STOCKTON — A fourth-grade teacher charged with sexually molesting 14 children since August 2006 had his case continued in San Joaquin County Superior Court on Monday, Aug. 12.
Darrel James Golden, 59, of Tracy, faces 21 counts of lewd acts upon a child, 11 counts of molesting a child and one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child. He is being held at San Joaquin County Jail on $22 million bail.
Judge Thomas Harrington continued the case to 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 26 in Department 26 of the Stockton courthouse.
Patrick Riggs appeared in court as Golden’s defense attorney, however after the hearing, Riggs said he was unsure if he would continue representing Golden in the case.
During the last court hearing, Golden told the court he planned to hire his own attorney.
Golden was indicted by a San Joaquin County grand jury on Aug. 9 and was arrested by Tracy police on the 1400 block of Alegre Drive on Aug. 5.
According to the indictment, the alleged incidents involve four boys and 10 girls between the ages of 6 and 10, from August 2006 to June 2007; August 2011 to May 2011; and August 2012 and November 2012.
The indictment accuses Golden of touching the children on their genitals, chest, butt and stomach. It also alleges that Golden fed grapes to several of the children.
Deputy District Attorney Elton Grau said after the hearing that it hasn’t been decided if the transcripts from that hearing will be sealed from public viewing.
The grand jury court reporter has 10 days to complete the transcripts and then the defense attorney and prosecutor have 10 days to review the document to determine if it will be sealed.
Golden was working as a fourth-grade teacher at Anthony C. Traina Elementary School at the time of his arrest.
A police investigation began when a district employee allegedly saw Golden inappropriately touching a student at Traina School on Nov. 28.
On Dec. 4, the Tracy Press reported that a teacher from Traina School was placed on administrative leave by the Jefferson Elementary School District following the alleged incident.
District officials confirmed in a press release on Aug. 5 that Golden was the teacher removed in November.
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