Former Ralston Custodian Will Stand Trial

The jury trial has been set for August 20.


A jury trial date has been set for Andre Edwards, the former Ralston Middle School custodian a Ralston Middle School students. He is charged with two counts of committing lewd or lascivious acts on a child under 14.

In April, Edwards appeared at a San Mateo County Superior Court arraignment before Judge Craig Parsons where he pleaded not guilty to the charges, and time for trial was waived.

According to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office, the case has been set for jury trial on August 20, 2012 at 8:45 a.m.; a pretrial conference was set for June 25, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.

Edwards, 53, was  arrested March 17, 2011 following a four-month-long investigation by the that stemmed from a female student's reports that Edwards inappropriately touched her in November 2010.

It was the second time a student had accused Edwards of such behavior; in 2001, Edwards allegedly put his hands down the pants of a 13-year-old girl and touched her genital area, according to the district attorney's office.

That girl also reported the incident, but the case was not prosecuted due to lack of corroboration. Edwards was told, however, to not be alone with any students in his janitor office.

Edwards remains out of custody and from $200,000 to $50,000. Edwards' defense attorney is Eric Hove. He retired from the on Feb. 28, 2011 where he had been employed since September 1987.

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Phillip Bailey May 03, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Andre: Hope you stop by and read stuff here on occassion? They .... gotcha this time. You should have (A) known better and (B) stopped this practice of yours that goes way way way back. Those girls know it and sadly you were in control of your temptations but chose to continue....
L. J. Baptiste November 19, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Christ warned to be separated from the beasts of the field, and to never ever let them into your homes, schools, nor overall environment, as such is an abomination.
L. J. Baptiste November 19, 2012 at 05:03 AM
Obey The Law, and such perverts will no longer exist, anywhere The Law is Obeyed as Moses would fully agree!!!
Phillip Bailey November 19, 2012 at 08:59 PM
LJBap: That's a tad heavy. Leave the Bible out of it. Morals and common sense says that Andre was doing what he did way before the young lady came forth. When things first broke - some young mothers (Bazzani) were crestfallen and some said silly things like "Oh know Andre was alone with my daughter for her three years there, and he was such a role model" WTH!?!?!?!/ ShaZam - all that meant was he did not choose some mothers daughters for which to break the code he signed on for as well as the intergrity that comes with being a school employee, coach or teacher. This does not excuse Andre but society is overrun with adults violating our youth's trust. Click on any of these persons crimes if you wish to be grossed out. "Everything under the age of 14" Yep, even some gals are violating the young men of today. http://tinyurl.com/csrk5e3


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