nobody movie_Film Academy’s Jeff Cooper guilty in child molestation case – deadline

Jeff Cooperan architect known for designing cinemas and studios for the likes of George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg has been found guilty of three counts of child molestation.

A jury returned the verdicts Friday after a two-week trial in Los Angeles Superior Court in Van Nuys. The decisions come four years after Cooper’s arrest and grand jury indictments in eight cases involving two children.

On Friday, his trial jury convicted him of three felony counts of a lewd act on a child involving one of his accusers. But the jury could not reach a verdict on the five counts involving his other accuser. Judge Alan Schneider declared a mistrial on these charges.

Cooper’s work as an architect includes designing a theater for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, according to his business website, as well as more than two dozen mixing studios that have produced Oscar nominees.

Sentencing was set for June 1, with Cooper facing up to 12 years in prison. He is being held without bail after the judge ruled him a flight risk. Cooper was acquitted on a $5 million bond.

Detectives with the Los Angeles County Special Victims Bureau arrested Cooper in June 2018. The 66-year-old architect was charged with multiple counts of child molestation, according to court records. The acts are said to have taken place between November 2006 and November 2007 for one victim and between January 2012 and July 2016 for the second. The two accusers are now 16 and 28 years old.

Deadline reached out to Cooper’s attorney, Alan Jackson, but he didn’t immediately respond.

“Obviously the families are disappointed that the jury did not convict one victim, but they are very pleased that the jury did at least convict the second victim,” said Dave Ring, an attorney for the two prosecutors and their families with the Los Angeles Times. “It was incredibly gratifying for her to see Cooper sent to jail immediately for what he did. You’ve been through hell in the last four years of the criminal process.”

Cooper became a member of the film academy in 2002.

“The Academy has been made aware of the alleged abhorrent conduct and will address this matter in accordance with our standards of conduct and due process requirements under the California Nonprofit Business Act. We would have grounds under our rules to expel any member convicted of a violent crime,” the organization said in a statement ahead of its trial.

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