Teacher accused of molestation pleads not guilty
by Joel Danoy
Aug 26, 2013 | 6364 views | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend | print
STOCKTON — A Tracy teacher accused of sexual misconduct with children pleaded not guilty Monday, Aug. 26, to several charges in San Joaquin County Superior Court, and had his case set for trial in February.

Darrel James Golden, 59, pleaded not guilty to 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 appeared in court wearing the orange jail uniform of San Joaquin County Jail, where he’s been held on $22 million bail since his arrest on Aug. 5 in Tracy.

Judge Franklin M. Stephenson approved three proposed dates in the case, as recommended by Deputy District Attorney Elton Grau and attorney Patrick Riggs, who made his second special appearance as Golden’s defense lawyer.

Both sides will return Sept. 16 for a pretrial conference; Nov. 8 for a readiness hearing; and Feb. 7 for jury selection and the start of a jury trial.

Golden was arrested following his indictment on Aug. 2.

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.

An investigation began after Golden was allegedly seen having inappropriate contact with a student at Anthony C. Traina Elementary School on Nov. 28. He was working at the school as a fourth-grade teacher, according to the Jefferson Elementary School District.

• Contact Joel Danoy at 830-4229 or jdanoy@tracypress.com.

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