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Former California high school football coach sentenced to 9 years for planting a camera in the girls’ locker room

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A former assistant football coach at a Southern California high school was sentenced to nine years and four months in prison Friday for secretly planting a camera in the girls’ locker room and photographing 21 students.

David Arthur Riden, who worked at Los Osos High School, pleaded guilty last month to possession of more than 600 images of child sexual assault material, use of a minor to produce child sexual assault material and secret photography of a minor.

In addition to his prison sentence, Riden will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

“Our office is pleased with the outcome of this guilty plea, particularly with the felony charges,” the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office said in a statement. “It ensures that Riden is held accountable for her crimes and that victims do not have to endure a potentially lengthy trial or other emotional trauma.”

David Arthur Riden is a former assistant football coach at Los Osos High School.
(Fox 11 Los Angeles)

He was originally arrested last year after another high school employee found the camera disguised as a phone charger in the locker room.

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One of his victims, Jordyn Stotts, spoke publicly along 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 job,” Stotts said at a news conference.

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

Riden was arrested last year after another school employee found the camera.

Riden was arrested last year after another school employee found the camera.
(Fox 11 Los Angeles)

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Allred, who represents victims and their families in a lawsuit against the school district, said some parents found the ruling “very disappointing.”

“Although Mr. Riden will be sent to prison, some parents felt he should be sentenced to substantially more time in custody,” Allred said Friday. “Many fathers and their daughters have been on an emotional roller coaster.”

A representative for the Chaffey Joint Union High School District did not immediately respond to a request for comment Sunday.

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