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Former Ralston Custodian Pleads Not Guilty to Molestation Charges

Andre Edwards pleaded not guilty to felony charges on Friday.

The former custodian of molesting two female students pleaded not guilty in San Mateo County Superior Court on Friday.

Andre Edwards, 52, was expected to enter his plea on Monday but his defense attorney Eric Hove advanced the court hearing to Friday, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

The case was continued to May 26 when a date will be set for Edwards' preliminary hearing. He's charged with two counts of committing lewd or lascivious acts on a child under 14.

Edwards remains out of custody on a $200,000 bail bond, which he at about 1:45 a.m. on March 18, the morning after he was arrested following a four-month-long investigation by the that stemmed from a female student's reports that Edwards inappropriately touched her.

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, 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, who retired from the on Feb. 28 where he had been employed since September 1987, has denied the claims.

A call to Edwards' attorney was not immediately returned.

Linda April 18, 2011 at 03:28 PM
Guilty or not, this is a sad situation. I wonder if there is corroboration in the current case. Why do they believe this alleged victim but not the 2001 alleged victim? Should Mr. Edwards have been allowed to stay in his job after the first allegation? Did the first alleged incident get reported to the police back in 2001?
JDavis April 18, 2011 at 08:35 PM
LINDA: There's a wealth of thread info from the last article on this. You might take a peek for answers to your questions.
Phillip Bailey April 22, 2011 at 07:46 PM
Here you go Linda. Thanks JD. Belmont Patch should combine all the comments... http://belmont-ca.patch.com/articles/former-ralston-school-custodian-arrested-for-allegedly-molesting-student
Laura Dudnick April 22, 2011 at 11:42 PM
Hi Phillip, unfortunately we can't combine the comments into one thread. Perhaps down the road it will be an option. But I try to link to other relevant stories whenever possible; those links should show up to the right of the article. Best, Laura

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