Hearing for Traina teacher accused of molestation continued
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
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Darrel James Golden talks to his attorney in Department 35 of the San Joaquin Superior Court in Stockton during his arraignment on Friday, Nov. 8.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
Darrel James Golden talks to his attorney in Department 35 of the San Joaquin Superior Court in Stockton during his arraignment on Friday, Nov. 8. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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STOCKTON — A court hearing for a Traina School fourth-grade teacher charged with child molestation was continued after a brief appearance Monday, Dec. 16, in San Joaquin County Superior Court in Stockton.

Darrel James 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.

After a delay of more than an hour, prosecutor Elton Grau and defense attorney Patrick Riggs asked Judge Franklin Stephenson if they could resume Golden’s hearing Friday, Dec. 20.

Stephenson granted the postponement of the further readiness conference without discussion.

Before the hearing Monday, Golden — now clean shaven and with trimmed hair — walked into the empty courtroom in shackles and using a cane. He sat quietly and did not speak during the proceedings.

Grau had stated previously that he and Riggs were negotiating a possible plea agreement, and both men said they expected something to occur at Monday’s hearing.

Grau declined to comment on the second continuance Monday.

Golden’s next court date is 2 p.m. Friday in Department 35 at the Stockton courthouse.

Golden was hired by Jefferson Elementary School District in 2003 to teach at Traina School, 4265 Windsong Drive. He remains in custody in San Joaquin County Jail on $22 million bail.

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

 
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