Russell Otis, a 46 year old boys' basketball coach and athletic director
at Dominguez High School in Compton, California has been found guilty
at trial of misdemeanor
child molestation. He originally had been charged with one felony count of meeting a minor for
lewd purpose and a misdemeanor count of child molestation. Both charges reportedly
involve the alleged use of text messages of a sexual nature to a 16 year
old boy. Otis was previously charged and acquitted in 2001 on similar
charges of child molestation, sodomy and oral copulation with a minor.
Otis was also charged with four more felony counts of
grand theft. The other charges alleged that Otis misappropriated a $15,000 check from
Nike to the Compton Unified School District, depositing the money into
his personal bank account in November 2007.
At trial, a jury found him not guilty on the felony theft and forgery charges,
however, he was found guilty of misdemeanor child molestation.
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