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.
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