For nearly three hours Friday, a Citrus Heights police officer described the claims made by teachers, parents and children about Robert Adams' fascination with young girls.
Officer Joe Rangel described the massages Adams allegedly gave them at his privately owned K-6 school, the times he supposedly ran his hands under their clothes.
He revealed police finding "suspicious" photos inside the Adams home, a television set concealed behind a bathroom mirror and an unclothed 2-foot-tall female doll inside the master bedroom closet.
And he quoted the sense of relief one teacher expressed when he called her in 2011 to say he was investigating Adams on allegations of child molestation.
"I've been waiting for this day," she told the officer, who has emerged as the primary prosecution witness during Adams' preliminary hearing in Sacramento Superior Court.
The 61-year-old former principal of Creative Frontiers School faces six felony counts of child molestation and a misdemeanor count of annoying or molesting a child.
Adams has adamantly denied the charges and his veteran attorney, Linda Parisi, spent part of Friday attempting to knock down the importance and credibility of some evidence and witnesses.
Adams listened quietly in court sessions Thursday and Friday before Judge Kevin J. McCormick, who must decide whether there is enough evidence to send the case to trial.
Rangel was the only witness Friday as prosecutor Kevin Jones methodically led the officer through a recitation of his 2011 investigation that led to the charges. The hearing is scheduled to resume Monday afternoon.
The case stems from allegations that date back to 1996 and involve students at the school, which was located on a 7-acre parcel less than a mile from the city police department.
Authorities shut it down in the summer of 2011.
Adams has faced accusations since 2000 of inappropriate behavior with young girls at his school, but was never charged until the 2011 investigation, which includes claims made by adult women who were young girls when they say they were molested.
Jones took pains during his questioning Friday to note that some of the women did not know each other or had never compared notes about the strikingly similar stories they have told investigators.
Over and over Friday, he elicited testimony from Rangel about incidents in which Adams allegedly groped or caressed young girls.
Rangel said he called April Thompson, a preschool teacher at the school since 2004, and told her of his investigation.
"Yes, it's time to get this out," she replied, according to his testimony.
Thompson has told authorities that she left her class during nap time for a break and had another staffer take her place. When she returned, she found Adams on the floor next to a 4-year-old girl rubbing her stomach below the breastline, Rangel testified.
Thompson told Rangel that Adams told her, "She wanted her tummy rubbed."
The 4-year-old's father came to the school the next day asking about the incident, and the child is now one of the alleged victims in the case.
Another teacher, Ruby Bisiar, told police that she had seen Adams rubbing young girls near their buttocks and thighs under their dresses, Rangel testified.
"She said that his eyes would glaze over and he would zone out," Rangel said.
One young woman he interviewed told him she had been molested years before when she was 5 or 6, and that after talking with Rangel she went onto the Creative Frontiers website and found a photo of herself.
Intrigued, Rangel then attempted to access the website from police headquarters but couldn't. He consulted his department's technicians, as well as an expert from the Sacramento County Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force, and was told the website was blocking the police computer system specifically from access.
He accessed the website instead using his personal laptop, he said.
Rangel also disclosed that during a search of the Adamses' Folsom home police found some "suspicious" photos in a cabinet in the upstairs hallway, including one that appeared to be a photo of a child's crotch area. The child, who is not identifiable, was wearing shorts or skorts.
Parisi wasted little time in attacking the evidence and witness claims on cross-examination. She noted that the photo could have been nothing more than an accidental shot and that police had no evidence of who took it, when it was taken or where.
She questioned the motivation of a teacher who had claimed to have seen Adams with a child on his lap and his hand near her underwear, claiming that the teacher had been demoted.
And she raised questions about the story Thompson told of returning to class and finding Adams there rubbing the girl's stomach. Adams had been called to the class by the staffer Thompson left there because the children were getting out of hand instead of napping, Parisi indicated.
She also noted that Adams' office, where many of the incidents allegedly took place, has five windows that are not covered and visible from the outside, as well as convex security mirrors and a camera system that covered much of the school property.