Teacher pleads not guilty to molestation charges
by Justin Lafferty
Apr 14, 2009 | 4742 views | 9 9 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jessie Llorente III. Press file photo.
Jessie Llorente III. Press file photo.
MANTECA — The Kelly School substitute teacher accused of sexually touching his students pleaded not guilty this morning to all 14 counts against him.

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.

•Contact Tracy Press reporter Justin Lafferty at 830-4269 or jlafferty@tracypress.com.

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April 14, 2009
This is happening all over the country. Go to www.schoolteachernews.com and click on the Scandal page. They have documented over 160 of these types of incidents this year. In 2008 they found 479 of these kinds of cases.
April 14, 2009
OMG i cannot believe he was my substitute teacher and i was actually talking to this man
April 14, 2009
Totally agree Shelly13, he admitted to it! Take your punishment like, well I can't say like a man, a man doesn't do what he did, take your punishment and suck it up.
April 14, 2009
He doesn't look very stressed in the picture.

13 years ago I served on a jury in Stockton for a child molestation case, and you are correct shelly13, it is very difficult for the victims to testify as we heard from 3 kids, ages 11, 8 and 7.

It took us (the jury) just 5 minutes to find him guilty.It took us longer to elect a jury foreman. It was his third strike on the same charges.

Because of that case today when I get a jury summons, while I don't jump for joy, I don't complain anymore. I learned from that case that serving on a jury can be a honor as a citizen to do your duty.
April 14, 2009
I can't believe that he pleads innocent when he ADMITTED that he did get aroused when touching female students &what not. I had him as a substitute and now that I hear about this, I don't feel safe and at school, you should be able to feel safe.
April 14, 2009
A true case of psychological disconnect in admitting "not guilty" after making claims of sexual arousals.

Just feel the web of intrigue is closing in.

Scary to see how the Defendants would defend a person, knowing of his background, I feel this is really eroding our society. Predator should not have the rights at all. Victims are most hurt by this while all the squabbling of legalese goes on.

Was that on the advice of the Defendant?

Put dangeroua psychological people into sanitarium and let thekm work for their keep.. for life. I have preferred choice of punishment in my dark moments when I read news like this.

April 14, 2009

I was thinking the same thing. He has already stated that he became aroused when stroking their hair, what's he thinking about?
April 14, 2009
Looks like they're going to argue a technicality of what 'child molestation' is.

For some reason I don't think it will work out too well for him.
April 14, 2009
Innocent? He already stated that he would touch them and get sexually aroused. He also said he had looked at child porn on his computer? How is that innocent? What a waste of time and money. Not to mention the fact that his victims will have to deal with a court proceeding and/or deposition.

Sick. Admit your responsibility and take your punishment like a man.

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