UPDATE: Possible plea deal for teacher accused of molestation
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Nov 13, 2013 | 9953 views | 5 5 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Darrel James Golden sits shackled to a bench in Department 35 of the San Joaquin Superior Court in Stockton during his arraignment Friday, Nov. 8.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
Darrel James Golden sits shackled to a bench in Department 35 of the San Joaquin Superior Court in Stockton during his arraignment Friday, Nov. 8. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
A teacher whose students accuse him of molesting them may soon get a plea deal to avoid trial on 33 charges.

The district attorney’s office is negotiating with the attorney for Traina School teacher Darrel James Golden, according to Deputy District Attorney Elton Grau.

“We’re talking,” Grau said in a telephone interview Wednesday, Nov. 13. “We’re negotiating, and I’ll find out if there is a potential resolution in December.”

Grau was referring to Golden’s next court date, Dec. 9.

Golden, 59, is charged with 21 counts of lewd acts upon a child, 11 counts of molesting a child and one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child.

According to a report by the San Joaquin County Grand Jury, which indicted Golden Aug. 9, the alleged incidents involved four boys and 10 girls between the ages of 6 and 10 during three school years: August 2006 to June 2007, August 2011 to May 2012, and August to November 2012.

The indictment states that Golden is accused of touching the children on the genitals, chest, buttocks and stomach. It is also alleged that he fed grapes to several children.

According to Jefferson Elementary School District Superintendent James Bridges, who responded in an email to the Tracy Press on Oct. 25, Golden first worked at Traina as a substitute teacher from Oct. 1, 2003, to May 31, 2005.

Bridges said that Golden was hired as a classroom teacher on Aug. 15, 2005, and is on “compulsory unpaid leave until such time as the criminal proceeding and pending dismissal of him is complete.”

Bridges said Golden taught second grade from August 2005 to May 2007 and fourth grade from May 2007 until this year.

Golden is being held in San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp on $22 million bail. His trial date remains set for 8:30 a.m. Feb. 7 in Stockton court.

Representing Golden is Pleasant Hill-based attorney, Patrick Lee Riggs. Riggs was unavailable for comment.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.

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November 14, 2013
Deals like this are not done because the legal system is jacked up. In cases of this type deals are generally done to spare the children the trauma of having to testify in an open court open to the public. The DA will always consult with the families on something like this and in most cases the families want nothing more than a deal that avoids having to put their kids through more trauma.
November 13, 2013

Our legal system is so jacked up we rely on deals to get convictions.
November 13, 2013
Wobbley, usually I'm also against plea bargains but in this case I see the advantage by having the kids avoid the trauma of facing him and testifying in court, and then they can begin to get the professional help they'll be needing.

Whatever the deal is hopefully it'll guarantee he'll never live to see freedom.

I had a friend who worked as a guard at the Nevada State Prison in Carson City for many years. Those stories we've heard about the treatment that prisoners give to child molesters are true. Even scum has its standards.
November 13, 2013
If it was my kid, he wouldn't need to worry about a trial....
November 20, 2013
Riiiight. Trade his trial for yours. Brilliant!

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