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New Court Documents Released in James Izumizaki Molestation Case

The Contra Costa Times reports that the documents reveal new details about allegations against the Albany Middle School teacher, who committed suicide in September.

According to the Contra Costa Times:

Former Albany Middle School teacher and coach James Izumizaki exchanged thousands of flirtatious text messages, photos and videos with an underage student while committing lewd and lascivious acts, according to court documents unsealed Thursday.

Albany Patch's coverage of the case

The documents are arrest and search warrants that had been sealed. The Times said it filed a motion last month in Alameda County Superior Court to have the documents unsealed. The documents redact names and other details that might identify the molestation victim. The Times did not include the documents on its web site when it published its article Thursday.

A Sacramento attorney, Bob Wilson, told the Times that he represents multiple victims of Izumizaki. He said the police investigation of the case has not concluded. Police would not comment.

 

Bart Grossman December 07, 2012 at 09:48 PM
We need to remember that this isn't the first case of its type in our little town. We need to look seriously at how these things happen and what we should be doing to better protect our klds. I think there is an important lesson for those who quickly jumped to the defense before allowing the process to unfold. Child molesters are not usually salivating monsters, they are often attractive charismatic, and at least on the surface, caring and understanding. That's part of how they draw in their victims. There is also a lesson here for teachers and others who work with older children. It is important to hold firmly to your boundaries and not rationalize inappropriate behavior as just being child-friendly or going the extra mile. We all need to learn from these things so we make them less likely to occur.
Lando B. Yen December 07, 2012 at 09:53 PM
I believe going to a CA state prison as a convicted child molester is possibly worse than death on your own terms, but maybe that's just me.
AMC December 08, 2012 at 03:10 AM
I am thankful that the patch has chosen to report the facts as they unfold. Not doing so would mean that someone decided without my knowledge or consent that I couldn't handle the details of this case, so just hide as if I were a child. We need to know everything if we are to learn from this tragedy. I did not believe Mr. I was guilty at first, but will never rush to conclusions again after this experience.
Debra bernhardt December 09, 2012 at 05:04 AM
My heart goes out to all the families involved. I also want to acknowledge and PRAISE the young girl from Albany High who was brave enough to "TELL" her parents about the inapprpriate and disturbing texts to begin with!
Alan Eckert December 13, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Not believing that he was guilty at first is a good response as long as it didn't go to the other extreme of immediately believing that he was guilty. The actions being taken were the correct ones to make that determination, and a neutral but proactive stance is best for all parties involved.

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