Former Principal Pleads Not Guilty to Child Molestation Charges

Kettrell Berry, 49, plead not guilty to the charges

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. 

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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