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Update: Arraignment Date Set for Former Ralston Custodian

Andre Edwards waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Thursday.

 

F, appeared in San Mateo County Superior Court Thursday morning where he waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Edwards, 53,  on April 15, 2011 to two counts of committing lewd or lascivious acts on a child under 14. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Appearing in the courtroom with his attorney Eric Hove, Edwards told the judge that he agreed to the terms of the waiver.

Assistant district attorney Karen Guidotti explained that by waiving his right to a preliminary hearing, Edwards' defense team felt that there was nothing to be gained in a preliminary hearing, and also, no further charges can be filed against Edwards.  The case will proceed to an arraignment hearing, a pre-trial conference and a jury trial.

Superior Court Judge Jonathan E. Karesh set an arraignment date for April 10 at 8:45 a.m. The initial felony arraignment was held on April 15, 2011.  

Defense attorney Eric Hove requested that Edwards' bail, which is about to expire, be reduced from $200,000 to $50,000. Deputy district attorney Jennifer Ow had no objection to lowering amount, and the request was granted. Edwards will remain out of custody on bail. 

Edwards, who retired from the  on Feb. 28, 2011, had worked there since September 1987. He has denied the claims.

Denny Lawhern March 17, 2012 at 03:57 AM
I agree with Steve. The idea that when a person is charged, that person is guilty until proven otherwise is not the American way.
Courtney Carreras March 17, 2012 at 05:00 AM
EG, how can you possibly say I am jumping to conclusions in this case when I'm making NO conclusion other than the one that people shouldn't jump to conclusions, which you are clearly making by saying this man is definitely guilty. Of course its not unheard of for people in authority to take advantage of it, but its also not unheard of for people to make false accusations. If keeping an open mind means that I'm blaming the accuser, and the accuser should never be questioned, why do we even bother with a trial?
Michael McCarty March 27, 2012 at 01:40 AM
EG this is what you wrote; "The bottom line is this: This man was put in a position of authority and abused it. It was reported 10 years ago and nothing was done. The justice system that you're advocating for failed. If you want fairness and impartiality, ask why this was overlooked for so long, and why he wasn't put on trial for what he did 10 years ago." Jumping or not that is a conclusion, or more accurately an opinion as this case has yet to be concluded. The bottom line is you do not know if your statement is factually correct unless you are one of the alleged victim or a witness.
V March 31, 2012 at 04:46 AM
Only Andre Edwards knows what he did to my niece 10 years ago!
V March 31, 2012 at 04:49 AM
Our family still wonders why the School District and the Belmont Police did nothing then. But last year the PD questions my niece after 10 years. That's a f joke!

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