Robert B. Adams may be accused of serious crimes, but he still has a core group of supporters who want people to know they do not believe he is a child molester.
As the former Citrus Heights school principal made yet another appearance Friday in Sacramento Superior Court, he was accompanied by roughly two dozen supporters from his days at Creative Frontiers School.
Most showed up well before the hearing, which was scheduled for 8:30 a.m., and waited patiently for him outside the Sacramento County jail, where the courtroom he appeared in is located.
It was Adams' fourth court hearing since his arrest in September on six felony counts and one misdemeanor charge over allegations that he molested students at his school.
Adams, who has maintained that he is not guilty, did not enter a plea, and the case was pushed back to Dec. 20 so his lawyer, Linda Parisi, can receive more evidence from prosecutors.
"We still are awaiting the discovery and so until we get all the discovery, we cannot move forward with the case," Parisi told reporters afterward.
As in past hearings, Adams appeared holding his wife's hand and accompanied by his daughters.
For the second consecutive time, he was accompanied by a group of supporters, some of whom had been posting messages on the school's Facebook page about their plans to show up.
Many were clad in red Creative Frontiers T-shirts, and one woman carried a clear plastic garbage bag filled with extra shirts.
"One, two, three, we love the Adams family," they chanted outside the Sacramento County jail as the family left with Parisi.
Parisi said after court that the family still intends to repay parents who made tuition payments before the privately owned school was shut down by authorities last July.
However, she said school computers seized by police still have not been returned, and that financial information is needed from them to process refunds.
"We have asked for the computers
," she said.
"As soon as we get those and can do the accounting, as I've indicated before, Mr. Adams intends to honor all his obligations."
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