A Cupertino man accused of molesting two children attending the Sanyu Learning Center in Mountain View pleaded not guilty to 11 felony counts of molestation and possession of child pornography charges.
The defendant, Yizhuang "John" Liu, pleaded not guilty to the charges in court Monday, Aug. 20, a little over six months after he was taken into custody. Officers located and arrested him on Feb. 3, one day after receiving reports from two families stating that Liu had inappropriately touched their sons over several months while they attended an after-school Chinese language program at 1425 S. Springer Road.
Although detectives launched an investigation into whether there were any additional victims, the complaints filed against Liu only involve two victims, who were ages 10 and 11 at the time of the alleged incidents, according to Deputy District Attorney Carolyn Malinsky.
Liu is facing a total of seven counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a children under the age of 14 -- five of which were allegedly committed against one of the victims -- along with two counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child by use of force or threat of bodily injury. He is also facing one count of possessing child pornography.
Liu, who was 26 at the time of his arrest, is alleged to have committed the crimes between September and December of last year. Police said in a statement following the arrest that Liu not only interacted with students at the Sanyu Learning Center, but also communicated with potential victims using the social media app Discord. Besides being a volunteer at the learning center, Liu also served on the board of directors prior to his arrest.
Liu is due to appear in court on Oct. 4 for a pre-trial conference in San Jose. He was released from custody and remains on home detention pending the trial.