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Twin Rivers trustee’s paternity test case continued to Sept. 24

Judge Laurel White agreed Monday to delay proceedings against Twin Rivers Unified School District trustee Cortez Quinn “one more time” until Sept. 24.

Quinn, 47, is facing up to 14 years imprisonment on 13 felony and five misdemeanor charges for allegedly falsifying his paternity test and accepting illegal gifts from a district employee.

A hearing last month was continued to Monday so that Quinn’s defense attorney, Vincent Maher, could review phone records from AT&T, which had just arrived.

Quinn was arrested on Nov. 5 in the parking lot of Foothill High School after a school board meeting. Authorities said he colluded with Andre Antoine Pearson, 37, to falsify a DNA test. Pearson was the Comprehensive Medical Inc. employee responsible for collecting DNA swabs from individuals. Pearson also will be in court Sept. 24.

The district attorney’s case against Quinn is based on DNA collected from a crumpled paper towel that a criminal investigator fished out of a wastebasket after Quinn washed his hands in the bathroom while attending a school board meeting in August last year.

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.

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