Jessie Llorente III, 39, faces 10 felony counts of lewd acts with a child, three misdemeanor counts of child molestation and one count of possessing child pornography. He appeared in the Manteca courtroom at about 9:15 today. Shortly afterward, his attorney, Deborah Fialkowski, entered a not guilty plea.
Fialkowski told judge Ron Northup that there were “additional discoveries” and said that she needed some more time to look over the case. She took over as attorney last week from Mary Ann Bird, who said that she had an undisclosed conflict. This was Fialkowski’s first appearance representing Llorente.
Northup set Llorente’s preliminary hearing and conference for 8:30 a.m. May 6 in Manteca.
Prosecutor Elton Grau said this delay is nothing unusual and that there were a few more details he had to check out, as well. There’s no new information, he said.
About five minutes after Llorente entered the courtroom, he was led back out.
Llorente was arrested March 19 and sent to San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp. Earlier that month, Tracy police said he admitted he had viewed child pornography and that he got aroused when touching the hair and shoulders of girls that he taught.
Llorente grew up in Tracy and graduated from Tracy High in 1988. In addition to subbing at Kelly School, he had also taught at schools in San Jose and Los Angeles.
Northup, at an earlier arraignment, set his bail for $1 million.
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