Darrel James Golden, 59, 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 was indicted Friday, Aug. 2, by a San Joaquin County Superior Court grand jury and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Tracy police officers found Golden at 2:11 p.m. on the 1400 block of Alegre Drive on Monday and he was taken to San Joaquin County Jail, according to Detective Gary Castillo of the Tracy Police Department.
Golden was arraigned on the charges in Stockton court on Tuesday, Aug. 6, during which he notified the court of his intentions to hire his own attorney. The case was continued to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12.
After the court hearing, Deputy District Attorney Elton Grau said each criminal count against Golden carries the potential for a life sentence if found guilty.
Grau said investigators believe they have identified all of the victims but he said “potentially, there could be more.” He declined to comment about whether the victims were students at Traina School.
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.
Golden is accused in the indictment of touching the children on their genitals, chest, butt and stomach. It also alleges that Golden fed grapes to several of the children.
On Dec. 4, the Tracy Press reported that a teacher from Traina School was placed on administrative leave following accusations of inappropriate contact between that teacher and a student on Nov. 28.
Officials at the Jefferson Elementary School District confirmed in a press release Monday that Golden was the teacher removed in November.
On Wednesday, Bridges’ administrative assistant, Grace Merritt, said the superintendent was not taking calls about the case “to be on the safe side.”
She referred questions to the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s office.
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