Crime, Fire + Courts

More charges filed in Esparto molest case

By From page A1 | May 09, 2012

Cristan Rooms. Courtesy photo

Cristan Rooms. Courtesy photo

WOODLAND — Yolo County prosecutors have filed nearly 40 new criminal charges against Esparto foster parent and youth soccer coach Cristan Rooms, bringing the number of molest-related counts to 90.

A 51-page amended complaint filed Tuesday in Yolo Superior Court identifies five alleged victims in all — three more than in the initial charges brought against Rooms last December. Their ages ranged from 9 to 13 during the alleged molests that, according to the document, included showering, masturbation and diapering.

They have been named only as John Does 1 through 5 in court documents.

Rooms, who has been held at the Yolo County Jail in lieu of $12 million bail since shortly after his Dec. 12 arrest, pleaded not guilty to the charges during a brief court hearing Tuesday. Judge Tim Fall scheduled an Aug. 17 preliminary hearing.

Both Deputy District Attorney Rob Gorman, who is prosecuting the case, and Rooms’ defense attorney, Shannon Baker, declined to comment afterward.

More than half the charges — 50 in all — allege that Rooms used force of violence to commit lewd and lascivious acts on a 13-year-old boy between January and April 2007. Prosecutors say Rooms repeatedly masturbated and/or showered with the teen, whose relationship to Rooms was not disclosed.

In July 2007, Rooms allegedly began molesting a 10-year-old boy, who according to the complaint said Rooms showered with him, massaged him and touched his genitals on multiple occasions until July 2010, when the boy would have been 13. The massages occurred after soccer games, the document says.

The same child also alleged that Rooms on five occasions wore a diaper and masturbated in his presence, for which Rooms faces five misdemeanor child-molestation charges. The remainder of the 90 counts are felonies.

A third boy claimed that Rooms diapered him and touched his genitals a dozen times between April and August 2011, then filmed himself on an iPad spanking the child, who was 11 at the time.

Two more boys, ages 9 and 12, alleged similar conduct in the summer and fall of 2011, according to the complaint. A mutual acquaintance of Rooms and one of the alleged victims reported Rooms to Yolo County sheriff’s detectives the following December.

During the subsequent investigation, child welfare workers removed a 6-year-old foster child from Rooms’ home. Sheriff’s officials said the boy was interviewed but gave no indication of being molested.

— Reach Lauren Keene at [email protected] or (530) 747-8048. Follow her on Twitter @laurenkeene

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