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Proceedings delayed for Twin Rivers trustee accused of felonies

Attorneys agreed Wednesday to delay proceedings for Twin Rivers Unified trustee Cortez Quinn, who faces felony charges for allegedly falsifying his paternity test and accepting illegal gifts from a school district employee.

His hearing in the courtroom of Judge Laurel White was continued to Sept. 8 so his defense attorney could review new evidence. Deputy District Attorney Michael Blazina said phone records requested from AT&T only recently had arrived.

Quinn, 47, appeared in Sacramento Superior Court with co-defendant Andre Pearson, a DNA testing center worker, and their attorneys to request the delay.

The DA’s case is based on DNA collected from a crumpled paper towel that a criminal investigator fished from a wastebasket after the trustee washed his hands during a school board meeting bathroom break a year ago.

On Nov. 5, 2013, Quinn was arrested in the parking lot of Foothill High School after a school board meeting. Authorities said he colluded with Pearson, 37, to falsify a DNA test. Pearson was the Comprehensive Medical Inc. employee responsible for collecting DNA swabs from individuals. Prosecutors say Pearson sent a sample from a third party in place of Quinn’s to a DNA analysis lab for use in the court case.

Quinn used the test result in court to deny paternity, prosecutors said, and claimed under penalty of perjury that there weren’t any irregularities in the paternity testing.

In 2012, allegations surfaced that Quinn accepted more than $54,000 in loans and gifts from a former school district employee without filing the required financial disclosure forms. The employee, Sherilene Chycoski, filed a paternity suit against Quinn in June 2011.

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