Jeff Cooper, a movie theatre and studio designer for George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Spielberg, was convicted guilty of three charges of child molestation.
After a two-week trial in Los Angeles Superior Court in Van Nuys, a jury returned the verdicts on Friday. Cooper’s arrest and grand jury indictment on eight counts involving two minors occurred four years ago.
His trial jury found him guilty on all three felony charges of a sexual act on a child involving one of his accusers on Friday. However, the jury deadlocked on the five counts concerning his other accuser. On those allegations, Judge Alan Schneider ruled a mistrial.
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According to his website, Cooper’s expertise as an architect includes designing an Academy of Television Arts and Sciences theatre as well as more than two dozen mixing facilities that have generated Academy Award winners.
Cooper faces up to 12 years in jail when he is sentenced on June 1. After the judge declared him a flight risk, he is being jailed without bail. Cooper has been released on a $5,000 bond.
Jeff Cooper was arrested in June 2018
Jeff Cooper was arrested in June 2018 by officers from the Los Angeles County Special Victims Bureau. According to court records, the 66-year-old architect was accused with multiple counts of child molestation. The crimes were allegedly committed on one victim between November 2006 and November 2007, and on the other between January 2012 and July 2016. The accusers are now 16 and 28 years old, respectively.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Dave Ring, an attorney for the two accusers and their families, said, “Obviously, the families are upset that the jury did not convict as to one victim, but they are extremely glad to see the jury at least convicted as to the second victim.” “Seeing Cooper promptly remanded to prison for what he did was tremendously fulfilling for them.” During the last four years of criminal procedures, they have been put through hell.”
Cooper joined the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2002.
“The Academy has been made aware of the alleged heinous behaviour, and we will investigate it in accordance with our Code of Conduct and the due process requirements of California nonprofit corporation law.” “Any member convicted of a violent crime would have reasons to be expelled under our guidelines,” the organisation said in a statement before his trial.