Crime, Fire + Courts

More charges possible in Esparto molest case

By From page A1 | September 16, 2012

Christan Rooms. Courtesy photo

Christan Rooms. Courtesy photo

WOODLAND — An Esparto foster parent and youth soccer coach already facing 90 child-molestation charges could get hit with more counts following the recent discovery of new evidence, a Yolo County prosecutor said Friday.

Deputy District Attorney Rob Gorman said during a court hearing that a high-tech crimes investigator working on the Cristan Rooms case “has discovered additional information on one of Mr. Rooms’ hard drives … that may lead to additional charges or the location of additional victims.”

He did not elaborate.

Gorman’s announcement came on what was supposed to be the second day of a preliminary hearing for Rooms, 30, who has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he molested five young boys over a nearly five-year period. Instead, the hearing was postponed until Nov. 9.

“Let’s wait until all the evidence is lined up and ready,” Yolo Superior Court Judge Timothy Fall said.

An 18-year-old man testified July 30 that Rooms began molesting him at the defendant’s Esparto home when he was about 13 years old. He said Rooms, a former computer technician at a Vacaville elementary school, had been assigned as a “special friend” to the alleged victim when he was in the sixth grade.

The teen estimated that Rooms either diapered him or showered with him — masturbating him each time — on more than 30 occasions between the ages of 13 and 14, but that he never asked why.

“I just went along with it — I just didn’t know if it was right or wrong,” he said.

Rooms was arrested Dec. 12, 2011, after a different teenage boy confided to a mutual friend that Rooms repeatedly had molested him. By then, Rooms also had become a foster parent to a 6-year-old boy, who was removed from the home during the law-enforcement investigation.

Rooms remains in Yolo County Jail custody in lieu of $12 million bail.

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

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