Anderson, Izumizaki Set for Hearings on Friday

Two men accused of sexual offenses related to minors are set to appear in court Friday. Click the "Keep me posted" button below for updates about these stories.

UPDATE: As of noon, both hearings had been rescheduled to later dates. Ray Anderson is set to appear in court Oct. 12; James Izumizaki is set to appear Oct. 24.


Two Albany men accused of committing sexual offenses against minors are scheduled to appear in court Friday. 

Albany Patch will report on the outcomes of both hearings. 

Raymond Anderson, who was charged earlier this year with six counts of molestation related to twin girls who lived with him in the 90s, is scheduled for a 9 a.m. hearing at the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse in downtown Oakland, Department 10. 

According to the Alameda County sheriff's department, Anderson's attorney has filed a motion to set aside information related to Anderson's case. Anderson has been in custody since his arrest earlier in February.

In June, a judge ruled that the case against Anderson could move forward to trial following the testimony of police officers and both alleged victims. 

Albany Middle School teacher James Izumizaki is scheduled to appear in court Friday afternoon for his arraignment. 

Police arrested Izumizaki on Wednesday morning after school officials alerted police to allegations of improper conduct with a former student. Izumizaki was placed on paid adminstrative leave Monday, and arrested on suspicion of lewd acts upon a minor younger than 14. He has not yet been charged.

Izumizaki's arraignment is scheduled to take place in Department 112 of the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in downtown Oakland at 2 p.m. 


  • Albany Man Arrested After Molestation Reports
  • Five Charges in Albany Molestation Case
  • Anderson Set for Preliminary Hearing Following Molestation Charges
  • Twins Say Former Police Sergeant Ignored Molestation Report More Than a Decade Ago
  • Twins Testify as Molestation Prelim Continues
  • Parent Meeting Planned After Teacher Placed on Leave Following Alleged 'Lewd Acts'

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If there's something in this article you think should be corrected, or if something else is amiss, call editor Emilie Raguso at 510-459-8325 or email at albany@patch.com.

lubov mazur September 28, 2012 at 04:32 PM
I'm not offering any defense for either of these men, but putting them in the same article tars them with the same brush.
Heike Feltes September 28, 2012 at 05:41 PM
I agree! If one of them turns out to be innocent, people still associate one with the other!
Emilie Raguso September 28, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Thank you for letting me know how you see it. The intention was to be a brief update about two court hearings today, nothing more. I will definitely put some more thought into the point you both raised.
Solano Guy September 28, 2012 at 06:40 PM
That's ridiculous, the public has a right to be informed. I've known Anderson for decades, never met the teacher, I won't hold one responsible for the actions of the other. Keep up the fine job of reporting.
Brooks September 28, 2012 at 08:49 PM
I have to agree with the former comments. Although I do feel the Patch does a great job of reporting in general I fail to see why or how these two items were lumped together. The excuse that you were being brief about "two court hearings" seems disingenuous at best as I am sure there are many court cases and hearings today. One of these cases is much further along and and seems to be beyond the police "working on it" as is being reported in the case of Mr. Izumizaki. This kind of "lumping' should be avoided at all cost.
Emilie Raguso September 28, 2012 at 09:25 PM
I do not believe there were other significant Albany-related court hearings scheduled for today in Oakland, as far as the cases I have been able to "follow" since 2010. If there were, and if I were covering them, I would likely have included them in this brief. You are of course welcome to disagree with my decision and offer guidance and suggestions about how to avoid what's perceived as a poor choice... but calling my explanation "disingenuous at best" doesn't seem fair to me. Anyway, I thought the cases would both be of interest to readers. They're the only ones I know of related to Albany happening today. I thought readers following one of the cases likely would be interested in the other... and so I put them in a single short post. Essentially just a forecast of my plans for court coverage today. Again, thank you all for sharing your thoughts and concerns about the approach.
Karl September 28, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Laws in the US do not protect the accused when it comes to their names or pictures. It's easy to critique the Patch, but not so easy to be the 1 person running the local site. I see nothing wrong with reporting on these two cases in the same article. I hope that the outcomes of these cases are correct.
Paul Kennedy September 28, 2012 at 11:21 PM
I appreciate all the work Emilie and the Patch do for the community, particularly in sensitive matters. I am speaking as the editor of a national publication founded in Abany with 28 years of experience (and member of the Virginia bar) and understand the difficulty of making snap judgments on all kind of editing issues and the expediency of lumping cases or situations together in one article. But this article should not have been posted out of the doctrine of fairness. The headline lumps these men together: "Anderson, Izumizaki Set for Hearings on Friday, Two men accused of sexual offenses related to minors are set to appear in court Friday." The hearings are not the same as the evolution of the two cases are drastically different. Mr. Izumizaki has not had been charged with any crime. Mr. Anderson faces charges on six counts.
Albany Teacher September 29, 2012 at 12:02 AM
AG September 29, 2012 at 01:21 AM
This story is really confusing...
albany resident September 30, 2012 at 12:40 AM
I agree it is really confusing and I think very unfair to link these two very different cases together. I've been following the izumizaki articles and there has been no real information released about it. It all sounds like a big fishing expedition by the police and prosecutors. No charges has been filed and he was arrested 2 days after the accusation was made and they are waiting to arraign him next month ? I mean legally it sounds ludacris and if izumizaki didn't make bail he would be stewing in jail for one accusation without any real evidence from the way the case is going. I hope the patch continues to follow the case and write unbiasedly with all the details.
John Doh! September 30, 2012 at 01:02 AM
I'm cancelling my subscription to the PATCH and want my money back because I only read headlines and am too confused.
lubov mazur October 01, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Patch won't give you a refund. They send you a gift card for Capwell's.


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