California high school football coach sentenced to prison for secretly

California high school football coach sentenced to prison for secretly photographing girls in locker room

A total of 21 students were photographed.

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A Former high school football assistant coach has been sentenced to prison after secretly photographing underage girls in the 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 take more than 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 materials, and using a minor to produce child sexual assault material.

A total of 21 students were photographed.

riden he was sentenced Friday to nine years and four months in prison.

In addition to his sentence, Riden will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Jordyn Stotts, one of Riden’s victims, spoke with attorney Gloria Allred on Friday.

“Riden, the game you played was sick. I talked to you almost every day thinking about how kind and sweet you were as a person, and thinking about you as a coach who loves his work,” Stotts said.

“But all this time, you’ve been going behind our backs, which is sick.”

The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement: “Our Office is pleased with the outcome of this guilty plea, particularly the felony charges.

“It ensures that Riden is held accountable for his crimes and that victims do not have to endure a potentially lengthy trial or other emotional trauma.”

Allred represents the victims and their families in a lawsuit against the school district.

She said some parents found Riden’s prison sentence “very disappointing.”

“Although Mr. Riden will be sent to prison, some parents felt he should be sentenced to much longer in custody,” Allred said.

“Many fathers and their daughters have been on an emotional roller coaster.”

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