Trusted Los Osos High School Coach Allegedly Violates Female Students by Placing a Camera in Their Bathroom
At Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, an assistant football coach was detained on suspicion of installing a concealed camera in a girl’s bathroom. Investigators executed a search warrant on David Riden’s house and car on Thursday and confiscated various electronic devices. Riden was cited and released on Wednesday, and his court date has not yet been set.
What we know
Los Osos High School personnel informed deputies that a concealed camera had been discovered in one of the female student toilets, according to San Bernardino County sheriff’s authorities. According to officials, detectives discovered proof that Riden was the one who placed the camera. After forensic investigations were done on the devices seized at Riden’s house and car, officials issued another arrest warrant for him, this time for possession and production of child pornography. He was apprehended again on Thursday and is being detained on a $500,000 bond. He’ll appear in court for the first time on Monday.
The coach’s past
Since 2015, Riden has worked at Los Osos High, where he has worked as a locker room attendant for the boys and as an assistant coach for the varsity football team. The inquiry was promptly reported to the Chaffey Joint Union High School District. Riden resigned from his employment at the school on the day of his arrest, and he is no longer working there.
What happens next?
Riden will face criminal charges. At this point, the child pornography charge is the most significant charge he is facing. Note that in California, he can be charged with one count for every media file he had that depicted children pornography. This could result in many years in prison.
Riden and his legal team will likely decide if they want to take a plea deal from the prosecution or go to trial. It can be difficult to beat these types of charges due to their particularly vile nature and the impact that has on jurors.
After the criminal charges have been settled, it is possible that a civil case will be brought. Victims of these types of invasion of privacy can sue for compensation due to their pain and suffering, emotional distress, necessary counseling, and other damages.
The best way for the girls’ families to progress is to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. While a civil case might not be filed until the criminal case results are decided, the sooner an attorney is contacted, the easier it will be for them to gather the necessary evidence to build a case.
If you are in need of an experienced personal injury attorney, contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a case evaluation.