STOCKTON – A fourth grade Traina Elementary School teacher was sentenced to 14 years in state prison on Friday on a plea bargain agreement with the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s office.
Darrell James Golden, 60, had pleaded guilty to four counts of lewd acts upon a child on Dec. 20, and Friday he was formally sentenced by Judge Franklin Stephenson in San Joaquin County Superior Court to begin serving his prison time.
Golden faced 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 pleaded guilty to Counts 1, 2, 9 and 18 as per the agreement.
Stephenson sentenced Golden to eight years in state prison for Count 1 and two years prison for each of the remaining counts. He also reminded Golden that he has to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.
According to Deputy District Attorney Elton Grau the incidents of which Golden was pleading to involved three separate victims, one of which was victimized twice.
Speaking on behalf of one of the victims, a woman identified as the mother of Jane Doe No. 9 told the court she trusted Golden to educate her daughter and instead he had taught her “despicable” things.
“I trusted you with my child and you failed her,” she told Golden.
She said schools are supposed to be considered a safe place and Golden changed that. She said the past 15 months have taken a toll on her daughter and their family.
She told Golden he needed take his prison time to pray for his own forgiveness.
When Stephenson asked if there was anyone else wishing to speak, a woman named Agnes Anaya stepped forward and identified herself as Golden’s wife.
She claimed the accusations were false.
“I heard all the accusations and you have to understand nothing has been proven, just accusations,” she said. “I’m saddened by this situation. Even though he pleaded guilty he is not guilty.”
She said her husband took the plea bargain because of public pressure.
In rebuttal, Grau told Stephenson that a Traina janitor had witnessed Golden touch a child’s buttocks in a classroom in front of 30 children. He said 14 victims also testified before a San Joaquin County Grand Jury and described multiple incidents, resulting in his indictment.
“He was told to stop touching children and he couldn’t control himself,” Grau said.
Golden was employed at Traina School at 4265 Windsong Drive in the Jefferson Elementary School District since 2003 when he was hired as a K-8 substitute teacher. He taught second grade 2005 to 2007 and fourth grade 2007 to 2013.
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