Former Principal Pleads Not Guilty to Child Molestation Charges

Kettrell Berry, 49, plead not guilty to the charges

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    A San Diego school official arrested on 14 counts of child molestation made his first court appearance this afternoon.

    Kettrell Berry, 49, plead not guilty to the charges while about a dozen of his family members and friends were in court to support him. 

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    Diana Guevara spoke to neighbors and friends of Kettrell Berry, the local school supervisor facing 25 counts of child molestation.

    Berry used to be an assistant principal at the San Diego Children's Center - a school in Kearny Mesa that helps troubled youth. He worked there for nine years before being fired on April 19.

    On Tuesday, prosecutor Renee Palermo said Berry had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old female student that spanned four months.

    Palermo said the teen never reported the relationship and suspicious faculty members brought up their concerns.

    Berry's attorney maintains that his client is a good mentor to his students and also said Berry has five kids of his own and is married.

    The deputy district attorney asked that his bail be set at $500,000 but it was reduced to $150,000.
     
    If convicted on all counts, Berry could spend more than 11 years behind bars.
     

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