A FORMER high school football assistant coach has been sentenced to prison time after secretly photographing minors in a girls’ locker room.
David Arthur Riden, 53, who worked at Los Osos High School in Southern California, used a camera disguised as a phone charger to snap over 600 images of the girls.
Riden was arrested last year after another employee found the hidden camera.
He resigned from his position on the day of his arrest after working for the high school since 2015.
Last month, the former assistant coach pleaded guilty to secretly photographing a minor, possessing more than 600 child sexual assault material, and using a minor to produce child sexual assault material.
A total of 21 students were photographed.
Riden was sentenced on Friday to serve nine years and four months in prison.
In addition to his sentence, Riden will be a registered sex offender for the rest of his life.
Jordyn Stotts, one of Riden’s victims, spoke out alongside lawyer Gloria Allred on Friday.
“Riden, the game you played was sick. I talked to you almost every single day thinking how nice and sweet of a person you were, and thinking of you as a coach who loves his job,” Stotts said.
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“But this whole time, you’ve been going behind all of our backs, which is sick.”
The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement: “Our Office is satisfied with the outcome of this plea, particularly on the felony charges.”
“It ensures Riden is held accountable for his crimes and the victims will not have to endure a potentially lengthy trial and any further emotional trauma.”
Allred is representing the victims and their families in a lawsuit against the school district.
She said that some parents found Riden’s prison sentence “very disappointing.”
“Although Mr. Riden will be sent to prison, some parents felt that he should be sentenced to substantially more time in custody,” Allred said on Friday.
“Many parents and their daughters have been on an emotional rollercoaster.”
The U.S. Sun reached out to the Chaffey Joint Union High School District for a comment, but a response wasn’t received by the time of publication.
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