The former principal of a private school in Citrus Heights has pleaded no contest to six counts of misdemeanor child molestation.
Robert Benson Adams, 64, owner and principal of Creative Frontiers School, was arrested in September 2011, accused of molesting female students at the school. Adams on Wednesday admitted that from 1998 through 2011, he molested six female students, ranging in age from 4 to 8, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release. The molestation occurred on campus during school hours.
Adams’ conduct included touching the bare chest of children under their clothes while they sat on his lap or were lying down during nap time, authorities said.
Under the plea agreement, Adams may be sentenced to a maximum of two years in county jail, and will be required to register for life as a sex offender, according to the District Attorney’s Office. He is to be sentenced April 1 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Joseph Orr.
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Adams had been charged with six felony counts of lewd and lascivious behavior with a child younger than 14 and a misdemeanor count of annoying or molesting a child younger than 18.
Sacramento County sheriff’s personnel investigated allegations in 2000 by two of Adams’ former students and forwarded the case to the district attorney that year. No charges were filed at the time, but the District Attorney’s Office said that evidence provided at the time of Adams’ arrest in 2011 was significantly different than that available in 2000.
Creative Frontiers School subsequently closed.