Academy member Jeffrey Cooper convicted of child molestation

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Jeffrey Cooper, an architect and member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, was convicted in a jury trial on three counts of child molestation, as reported by the Los Angeles Times on Friday. The jury’s verdict was delivered on May 20 in Los Angeles Superior Court in Van Nuys, according to Variety.

Cooper was arrested four years ago and charged with eight counts of involvement with two children. Judge Alan Schneider erroneously declared a mistrial on the five counts brought by the second child. However, Cooper pleaded not guilty to all counts. Sentenced on June 1, he could possibly face 12 years in prison. According to the Times, he was held without bail because the judge deemed him a flight risk.

Variety reports indicate that Cooper was involved in building studio and sound mixing facilities and in sound design for theaters. The victim said Cooper positioned himself as a musical mentor but sexually assaulted her in a recording studio when she was 12 or 13. After the verdict was delivered, Dave Ring, an attorney for the accusers, said: The jury did not convict one victim, but they are very happy to see the jury at least convict for the second victim. It was incredibly satisfying for them to see Cooper immediately sent back to jail for what he did. They’ve been nothing short of hell in the last four years of criminal proceedings,” according to the Times.

Cooper became a member of AMPAS in 2002. His felony conviction triggers the Academy’s internal review process and almost certainly ends in his expulsion from the Hollywood agency. (ANI)

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