New Court Documents Released in James Izumizaki Molestation Case

The Contra Costa Times reports that the documents reveal new details about allegations against the Albany Middle School teacher, who committed suicide in September.

According to the Contra Costa Times:

Former Albany Middle School teacher and coach James Izumizaki exchanged thousands of flirtatious text messages, photos and videos with an underage student while committing lewd and lascivious acts, according to court documents unsealed Thursday.

Albany Patch's coverage of the case

The documents are arrest and search warrants that had been sealed. The Times said it filed a motion last month in Alameda County Superior Court to have the documents unsealed. The documents redact names and other details that might identify the molestation victim. The Times did not include the documents on its web site when it published its article Thursday.

A Sacramento attorney, Bob Wilson, told the Times that he represents multiple victims of Izumizaki. He said the police investigation of the case has not concluded. Police would not comment.


Lando B. Yen December 07, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Michael December 07, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Sorry for all the cussing but seriously we still are broken and it doesn't help to hear best friend/brother/coach was all the things you said he is
JW December 07, 2012 at 04:07 PM
I'm sorry for your pain, but this isn't just about you. It's about a serious breach of trust. There are people out there (parents and kids) who said oh no, it's impossible he did those things. Now it appears there is overwhelming evidence that he did. Parents need to know this.
Marcia Walden December 07, 2012 at 05:12 PM
The ONLY parents who need to know details are the parents of the kids involved...anything else is just being nosy, in my opinion. The man clearly punished himself, there is no stronger punishment than death, so maybe everyone not directly involved should let it go. I agree with Michael, it brings up hurtful feeling about a beloved teacher.
Winifred Owen December 07, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Oh, what stunning developments!!! {Sarcasm goes here.} A sad ploy for clicks, Patch. I agree that at this point only those directly involved need to know any details that might emerge. Anything else is just sensationalism and does not help the community heal. Only information that would protect others that may be at risk should be published from this point forward. "Sealed arrest and search warrants"? Really?
drennen shelton December 07, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Marcia and Winifred, I disagree with you that only those directly affected need to know what actually happened. Sensationalism aside, informing the community of the facts can lead to a better understanding of how this occurred. Many of the AUSD teachers are beloved, and without an understanding of how this came to be, we cannot protect students and teachers properly. The truth may hurt, but it is also an important part of healing, making corrections and moving on.
Robert Marshall December 07, 2012 at 05:59 PM
If this was a sad ploy for clicks, they should have put a LOT more info into this article rather than just a buried the link to the CoCo Times article. I'm thinking they were trying to be gentle with the city this time of year, yet provide news coverage for something that has been in the public eye since September. And it provides some closure, albeit not the kind people might have hoped for. If anything, I wish the CoCo Times had held off until after the holidays to publish it. It's not like the evidence is going anywhere.
Winifred Owen December 07, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Drennan, that is exactly why I opined that ". . . information that would protect others that (should've said "who") may be at risk should be published from this point forward." Of course, ANY information that can help to prevent or raise awareness of inappropriate behavior between teachers and students should be forthcoming. I simply meant that every little detail of this particular case, no matter how irrelevant to that end, doesn't need to be released purely for sensationalistic value. Important stuff - yes; trivial stuff (such as "sealed arrest and search warrants") - no.
janet December 07, 2012 at 06:41 PM
I disagree that the only parties who need to know details are the families involved. I think that a big part of moving on for his current and former students, parents and his colleagues is knowing what really happened. It may also keep the girls who WERE involved from being ostracized by other students who were protective of this teacher (and I"m sure some of the kids at the high school know who these girls are)
Winifred Owen December 07, 2012 at 06:46 PM
". . . some of the kids at the high school know who these girls are." Well, janet, that is certainly an understatement - if one knows teenagers (and people in general). Two of my grandkids are students at the high school, and it is VERY widely known who the participants were. In fact, I venture to say it would be unusual if any of the students did NOT know their identities.
Jim Kirkpatrick December 07, 2012 at 06:58 PM
The author of this article is Staff, exactly who are you? And I thank you for continued info.
Michael Cabanatuan December 07, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Sorry but everyone needs to know that even someone who is a trusted individual can do bad things. That's not sensationalism; it's reality. I'm tired of the messengers here being vilified for doing their jobs by people who would rather sweep it under the rug, thereby letting gossip reign.
Tamsen December 07, 2012 at 08:35 PM
I worry about the young victims in this case, as well as the overarching message that was sent to young women through this forum. Even before any evidence was presented, people were defending the teacher and calling the girl(s) in this case liars. The message to all victims of abuse is keep your mouth shut! If someone is popular or powerful, you (the child victim) are to blame. I so wish the Albany community had waited to chime in with respect to this case. Regardless if the evidence proves that indeed, this teacher sexually abused at least one child, the public outcry against the victim has done long term damage. So often we cannot fathom that a beloved and trusted member of our community could commit such a crime; the victim must be lying! It is the only explanation! But now evidence is presented that in fact, the allegations were true. It is too late. The message was clear: Do not tell if you are being abused, or YOU will be blamed or accused of lying. Please, let's do better in the future. Mr. I did not commit suicide because he was falsely accused; he committed suicide because he was guilty. Perhaps in his own life story there was a time when he was a victim, too. We will never know. So many, many losses here.
A. Neighbor December 07, 2012 at 08:41 PM
In addition to punishing himself, I feel strongly that he punished his victims even more with his final decision. My heart goes out to his family, but I think he re-victimized his victim(s) by choosing suicide. Now these developing psyches have to deal with the worry - and likely, the accusations - that it was their fault that he is dead. It would have been much braver, and infinitely kinder, for him to face his actions rather than escape them - for his victim(s) sake.
Debra bernhardt December 07, 2012 at 08:56 PM
I understand that this is an incredibly painful topic for sooooo many reasons. I feel that in this horrific situation parents and the community need to be informed. There are so many students of all ages in Albany who already know too much and have had to carry all this awful information without clarity. The truth really hurts but we need the truth in order to move on and also be educated about what can REALLY happen especially with the profile of someone who is amazingly charismatic and popular. Denial is not so healthy!
Bart Grossman December 07, 2012 at 09:48 PM
We need to remember that this isn't the first case of its type in our little town. We need to look seriously at how these things happen and what we should be doing to better protect our klds. I think there is an important lesson for those who quickly jumped to the defense before allowing the process to unfold. Child molesters are not usually salivating monsters, they are often attractive charismatic, and at least on the surface, caring and understanding. That's part of how they draw in their victims. There is also a lesson here for teachers and others who work with older children. It is important to hold firmly to your boundaries and not rationalize inappropriate behavior as just being child-friendly or going the extra mile. We all need to learn from these things so we make them less likely to occur.
Lando B. Yen December 07, 2012 at 09:53 PM
I believe going to a CA state prison as a convicted child molester is possibly worse than death on your own terms, but maybe that's just me.
AMC December 08, 2012 at 03:10 AM
I am thankful that the patch has chosen to report the facts as they unfold. Not doing so would mean that someone decided without my knowledge or consent that I couldn't handle the details of this case, so just hide as if I were a child. We need to know everything if we are to learn from this tragedy. I did not believe Mr. I was guilty at first, but will never rush to conclusions again after this experience.
Debra bernhardt December 09, 2012 at 05:04 AM
My heart goes out to all the families involved. I also want to acknowledge and PRAISE the young girl from Albany High who was brave enough to "TELL" her parents about the inapprpriate and disturbing texts to begin with!
Alan Eckert December 13, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Not believing that he was guilty at first is a good response as long as it didn't go to the other extreme of immediately believing that he was guilty. The actions being taken were the correct ones to make that determination, and a neutral but proactive stance is best for all parties involved.


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