Hearing Date Set for Former School Custodian

Andre Edwards, the former Ralston Middle School custodian accused of molesting two students is due back in court on Jan. 25.


Andre Edwards, the former  custodian accused of  two students, is scheduled to appear in court next Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 9 a.m. for a preliminary hearing in San Mateo County Superior Court. 

A previous hearing, scheduled for Nov. 7, 2011, was continued at the request of the defense. 

Edwards, 52,  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.

Edwards is out of custody on a $200,000 bail bond. He was arrested on March 17 following a four-month-long investigagtion 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.

At the preliminary hearing, the judge will listen to the evidence of the crime and determine whether it is sufficient to require Edwards to stand trial in Superior Court.

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

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