Attorney Kerry Armstrong is representing an ex-teacher from El Cajon who
is facing serious allegations of child molestation. Attorney Armstrong's
client has pleaded not guilty to the five felony charges brought against
him. The man is being held on $800,000 bail and is facing more than 20
years in prison.
The allegations against Attorney Armstrong's client were made between
2003 and 2013, but he is only now being charged. In 2003 and 2006, several
alleged victims told investigators that the defendant had molested them
when they were in elementary school. No action was taken until an additional
victim stepped forward. The investigation was then reopened, which ultimately
led to man's arrest.
ABC 10 News recently interviewed Attorney Armstrong on the matter. "I
don't understand how a case that's been sitting around for 11
years finally gets filed on," he commented on the delayed nature
of the charges.
The defendant quit his teaching job back in 2006, as his reputation had
been ruined due to previous allegations. With the man now facing accusations
from five different alleged victims, matters are becoming more complicated.
Attorney Armstrong said the following on behalf of his client "He's
been adamant since day one. He said, 'Look, I taught those kids';
he remembers their names, even after all these years, but he said 'Look,
I would never touch a child. I would never touch a child inside my classroom
or anywhere else." The former teacher's case will return to court
on October 1.
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