A member of the Academy was convicted on child molestation charges and faces up to 12 years in prison
Hollywoodarchitect and Academy member Jeffrey Cooper was convicted of three counts of child molestation.
- Cooper had pleaded not guilty and now faces up to 12 years in prison, per the Los Angeles Times.
A Hollywood architect and member of the Academy has been found guilty of child molestation charges.
On Friday, a jury convicted Jeffrey Cooper of three felony charges of lewd acts on a child, which all stemmed from one accuser.
The jury couldn't reach a verdict on five charges from another accuser, and Judge Alan Schneider declared a mistrial on those charges, per the Los Angeles Times.
Cooper was arrested in 2018 on multiple counts of child molestation that allegedly occurred between 2006 and 2007 for the first victim and between 2012 and 2016 for the second victim. The accusers are now ages 16 and 28, according to the Times.
Cooper, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, now faces up to 12 years in prison. A sentencing hearing was set for June 1, per the Times.
Cooper's attorney, Alan Jackson, did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment on Saturday.
At the start of Cooper's trial, the Academy said it was aware of "the alleged abhorrent behavior" in a statement to the Times.
"We would have grounds, under our rules, to expel any member convicted of a violent
Dave Ring, the attorney for Cooper's accusers, told the Times that his clients were glad to finally see a conviction.
"Obviously the families are disappointed that the jury didn't convict as to one victim, but they are very pleased to see the jury at least convicted as to the second victim," Ring told the outlet. "They've been put through nothing short of hell during the last four years of criminal proceedings."
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