SAN JOSE (KCBS)— Prosecutors made their opening statements Tuesday in the trial of a San Jose elementary school teacher accused of molesting his students.
Craig Chandler, a second and third-grade teacher at O.B. Whaley Elementary School, allegedly blindfolded his victims, who were all girls, in a “Helen Keller” lesson.
According to prosecutors, the girls were then taken to a back room while their peers where at recess and Chandler would then force them to perform a sex act. There are at least five alleged victims.
If convicted, the 36-year-old teacher faces several counts of child molestation with multiple victims enhancements.
The defense told the jury that the semen police found on a chair was Chandler’s, but that it was from a sexual encounter with another woman.
If convicted, Chandler faces 75-years-to-life in state prison.
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