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Publication Date: Friday, February 28, 2003

Coach gets 14 years for molesting students Coach gets 14 years for molesting students (February 28, 2003)

Christian school volunteer sentenced on eight counts involving five students

By Candice Shih

Alton King was known as Uncle Alton to students at Mountain View Academy until it became known that he was molesting them.

King, a former volunteer basketball coach at the private school affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, was sentenced last week to 14 years and eight months in prison for child molestation.

According to deputy district attorney James Cahan, King was employed as an accountant in a hospital but portrayed himself as a doctor to get closer to the children. He would ask to examine them to make sure they were growing properly and then would violate them.

King molested children between 13- and 17-years-old at Mountain View Academy during 1999-2000. Nine victims testified. Five of those testimonies led to convictions.

"The kids used to call him Uncle Alton and the amount of trust they placed in him as a friend and physician was crushed. It crushed these kids as well," said Cahan.

Initially charged with 21 counts, King was found guilty of eight by Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Thomas Hastings and given the maximum sentence.

"It was what I expected," said Jamie Harmon, King's attorney. King did not testify nor offer any public comments because of a civil lawsuit that has been filed against him and the school by a victim.

King, who has a wife and two children who attended Mountain View Academy, did not want to jeopardize his family's financial future by making statements that could be used against him in civil court.

Representatives of the child victim were present during the criminal trial and were looking for other victims to join the lawsuit, said Harmon. She is not representing King in his civil case.

King will be required to register as a sex offender when he leaves prison, said Cahan.

"He took every opportunity to molest children and there's no reason to believe he would do otherwise," he added.

E-mail Candice Shih at [email protected]


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