A former San Diego school administrator was sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison earlier this month for sex crimes involving children. Kettrell Berry, a former assistant principal at the San Diego Center for Children in Kearny Mesa, was convicted in July on 11 counts of child molestation and having sex with an underage student.
According to prosecutors, the victim was 15 years old at the time of the incidents. Berry was fired in 2012, following an investigation of rumors that he had maintained an inappropriate relationship with the victim. According to the victim, she and Berry engaged in sex on school property.
This is not the first time Berry has been accused of inappropriate behavior involving students. Fifteen years ago, a then-12-year-old girl who had been orphaned, accused Berry of sexual assault, but investigators at that time were not able to find enough evidence to support the accusation. The first victim was allowed to testify at Berry’s July trial in order to help prosecutors establish Berry’s pattern of predatory behavior.
Southern California sex crimes lawyer
If you’ve been arrested for sex crimes, whether or not they involve children, you need the assistance of an experienced sex crimes lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively in Southern California for more than 30 years. He takes tough cases, including those involving sex crimes.
Many criminal defense attorneys avoid sex crimes cases with child victims. Perhaps they’re uncomfortable with the accusations against their clients, or the prospects of facing a child accuser. Juries are also bound to be highly sympathetic to child victims.
Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on what they’ve been accused of. Instead, he looks at the facts of the case, which often paint a different picture than the one the prosecutors want a judge or jury to believe. If you’ve been accused of sex crimes, don’t lose hope. Instead, contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County sex crimes case.
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