Former Albert Einstein Academy coach Randolph Clifford Jackson entered a not guilty plea in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday to multiple criminal counts alleging sexual misconduct with minors.
Complaints were initially filed with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department earlier this year, alleging sexual molestation of five boys by the former Albert Einstein Academy basketball coach.
Upon learning of the allegations in January, Albert Einstein Academy officials placed Jackson on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation conducted by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Sexually Exploited Child Unit.
The investigation culminated February with charges filed against Jackson, and a felony warrant was issued. Jackson then fled Los Angeles County and was for a short time considered a fugitive.
“A felony warrant was issued for his arrest, and that’s why the (task force) arrested him in Washington, D.C.,” said Officer Nuria Varnegas of the Los Angeles Police Department in an interview with KHTS AM 1220.
According to a press release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, the former Albert Einstein Academy coach is suspected of molesting five boys between the ages of 13 and 17 at various locations in the Los Angeles area.
Jackson faces 20 criminal charges. He is charged with eight felony counts, including one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child under age 14, one count of oral copulation of a person under age 16, three counts of attempted oral copulation of a person under age 16, sodomy of a person under age 16, and two counts of lewd act on a child. He is also charged with 12 misdemeanor counts, including nine counts of indecent exposure and three counts of child molesting.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the molestations took place between November 2010 and January 2015. Jackson joined the Albert Einstein Academy, a charter school in Santa Clarita, California, in August 2014, where he taught physical education and was a basketball coach. Before the Albert Einstein Academy, Jackson spent four years as the Athletic Director and basketball coach at The Delphi Academy, a Los Angeles area private school, where he was named coach of the year.
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