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Update: Arraignment Date Set for Former Ralston Custodian

Andre Edwards waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Thursday.

 

F, appeared in San Mateo County Superior Court Thursday morning where he waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Edwards, 53,  on April 15, 2011 to two counts of committing lewd or lascivious acts on a child under 14. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Appearing in the courtroom with his attorney Eric Hove, Edwards told the judge that he agreed to the terms of the waiver.

Assistant district attorney Karen Guidotti explained that by waiving his right to a preliminary hearing, Edwards' defense team felt that there was nothing to be gained in a preliminary hearing, and also, no further charges can be filed against Edwards.  The case will proceed to an arraignment hearing, a pre-trial conference and a jury trial.

Superior Court Judge Jonathan E. Karesh set an arraignment date for April 10 at 8:45 a.m. The initial felony arraignment was held on April 15, 2011.  

Defense attorney Eric Hove requested that Edwards' bail, which is about to expire, be reduced from $200,000 to $50,000. Deputy district attorney Jennifer Ow had no objection to lowering amount, and the request was granted. Edwards will remain out of custody on bail. 

Edwards, who retired from the  on Feb. 28, 2011, had worked there since September 1987. He has denied the claims.

Phillip Bailey March 15, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Andre will get off rather scott free compared to the havoc he reeked on those 6th through 8th graders.... Fingerprinting when he applied for his job was non existent. Mommys tell your little girls who blossom in Middle School to SPEAK up sooner.
Steve Hayes March 15, 2012 at 10:32 PM
If Andre wreaked so much havoc then it is odd that more (out of the thousands of girls at Ralston over the years) accusers never came forward. The guy is innocent until proven guilty! I wonder if the bail reduction is any indication of where this case is going.
Joan S. Dentler (Editor) March 16, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Steve, the bail reduction was requested by Mr. Edwards' attorney and was granted based on Mr. Edwards' compliance with the rules of law thus far regarding his release. The district attorney on the case said that since Mr. Edwards has attended all of hearings and has followed all the rules pursuant to his bail, she agreed there was no need to set it at $200K again.
EG March 16, 2012 at 06:32 AM
It takes "thousands of accusers" for a crime to have taken place? All that matters is that one came forward. The amount of victim-blaming surrounding this case is saddening. While you might be preaching a presumption of innocence, you're also solidifying young victims' of crimes worst fear: complete denial that they might actually have been victimized.
Courtney Carreras March 16, 2012 at 04:09 PM
I'm all for victims' rights, but our justice system is based on the presumption of innocence. There have been cases where someone has made false accusations that ruin the target's life and that never really go away. I don't know any of the details here, but you have to be careful about jumping to conclusions. The case will go through a trial where people can hear all the evidence.
EG March 16, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Courtney: You don't know any of the details, but I'm the one jumping to conclusions? Interesting. While you might be presuming innocence of the accused, you're also presuming guilt of the victim. This reasoning is exactly what deters young women from reporting crimes. The bottom line is this: This man was put in a position of authority and abused it. It was reported 10 years ago and nothing was done. The justice system that you're advocating for failed. If you want fairness and impartiality, ask why this was overlooked for so long, and why he wasn't put on trial for what he did 10 years ago.
Steve Hayes March 16, 2012 at 08:51 PM
EG You are suggesting that people who advocate for due process and following the Constitution are somehow denying justice for some young women. You can make that case but you will never win the argument. I agree with Courtney - both sides need to be heard and the Jury will decide.
Denny Lawhern March 17, 2012 at 03:57 AM
I agree with Steve. The idea that when a person is charged, that person is guilty until proven otherwise is not the American way.
Courtney Carreras March 17, 2012 at 05:00 AM
EG, how can you possibly say I am jumping to conclusions in this case when I'm making NO conclusion other than the one that people shouldn't jump to conclusions, which you are clearly making by saying this man is definitely guilty. Of course its not unheard of for people in authority to take advantage of it, but its also not unheard of for people to make false accusations. If keeping an open mind means that I'm blaming the accuser, and the accuser should never be questioned, why do we even bother with a trial?
Michael McCarty March 27, 2012 at 01:40 AM
EG this is what you wrote; "The bottom line is this: This man was put in a position of authority and abused it. It was reported 10 years ago and nothing was done. The justice system that you're advocating for failed. If you want fairness and impartiality, ask why this was overlooked for so long, and why he wasn't put on trial for what he did 10 years ago." Jumping or not that is a conclusion, or more accurately an opinion as this case has yet to be concluded. The bottom line is you do not know if your statement is factually correct unless you are one of the alleged victim or a witness.
V March 31, 2012 at 04:46 AM
Only Andre Edwards knows what he did to my niece 10 years ago!
V March 31, 2012 at 04:49 AM
Our family still wonders why the School District and the Belmont Police did nothing then. But last year the PD questions my niece after 10 years. That's a f joke!

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