SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – After several days of deliberation, a judge has decided that the former Citrus Heights principal accused of molesting his students will stand trial.
“Certainly we are disappointed, however not surprised given the level of proof that is required,” defense attorney Linda Parisi said.
Parisi is now left to prepare for trial after the judge’s ruling. Former private school Principal Robert Adams is accused of molesting at least seven of his former students over the course of 15 years.
During the preliminary hearing, Parisi called into question the credibility of witnesses prosecutors called to the stand.
“We’re going to take the word of this woman who claims to have seen a criminal act being perpetrated in front of her — a 2 to 3-year-old child — and she simply stands by?” she said during the hearing.
The defense tried to poke holes in testimony and evidence of so-called inappropriate pictures found in Adams’ home, but it wasn’t enough for the judge.
“There are certainly questions of credibility that will have to be resolved, but with the level of proof that’s required in a hearing such as this one, I am satisfied there is sufficient cause to hold the defendant to answer on each of the charges,” Judge Kevin J. McCormick said.
The defense and prosecution provided a preview of what can be expected at trial, a high profile case against a beloved principal accused of the unthinkable.
“I think it is clear that there are more questions than answers as a result of this hearing, very confident in light of what we have heard,” said Parisi.
After four full days of the preliminary hearing, Adams will go to trial on all seven counts of child molestation. He will be arraigned on April 4.