The Trial of Creative Frontiers School Principal Robert Adams

In-depth coverage of the molestation investigation and prosecution of Creative Frontiers School Principal Robert Adams in Sacramento, CA.

[JUNE 2016 UPDATE: I have a great deal more to report on this case. Unfortunately, I am unable to publish it at the moment. See below for past essays & posts.]

Defining “Reasonable Doubt” — Robert Adams and Creative Frontiers

Unlike any number of molestation cases ably handled by competent law enforcement and child protection services daily, across the U.S. (including the rare "big" cases--Sandusky, et al), the nature and context of the allegations against Robert Adams and Creative Frontiers School, as well as the conduct of Citrus Heights and Sacramento County authorities are suspicious at best, and the case exhibits numerous red flags of a false case, most notably that allegations of abuse are being made by a handful of motivated adults, while actual students at the time of the school's closure have not only told investigators that no abuse occurred, but delivered a petition to the Mayor and held bake sales, tag sales, and "movie nights" to raise funds to help re-open Creative Frontiers.

Brief Court Update: 5 March 2013

After days of preliminary hearings, a judge determined that prosecutors' alleged evidence -- which consisted entirely of hearsay statements from law enforcement officers whose exhaustive searches of Adams's home and campus failed to find any biological or photographic or video evidence to support accusers' claims -- was nonetheless sufficient to warrant a trial on seven counts of child molestation. The trial is presently scheduled to begin April 4th. I'll have more to say in the coming weeks. [END OF POST]

Brief Court Update: 22 Feb 2013

The preliminary hearing for Creative Frontiers Principal Robert Adams remains delayed - today, because the judge recused himself after the defense noted that he signed-off on the search warrants (warrants which, it should be noted, resulted in the seizure of not a jot of inculpatory evidence). Adams preliminary hearing is rescheduled for Feb 28. [END OF POST]

Good news for Brian Banks, Paul Rusconi, Robert Adams, and Creative Frontiers

Good news is difficult to find in my current line of work. Even when actual sex-crime perpetrators are “put away,” even when their victims receive that small consolation, countless questions remain, regarding the state of investigations and prosecutions of sex crimes in the U.S.1 But, as I indicated, I wanted to stick with good news this morning, and to that end I’d like to note three false cases in the news lately, all of which hail from California;2 two of which have reached rare positive outcomes, while a third gives every indication that it, too, will turn out well for the falsely accused. Continue reading “Good news for Brian Banks, Paul Rusconi, Robert Adams, and Creative Frontiers” »

Brief Court Update: 23 May 2012

On May 23, 2012, in an attempt to move the case forward in spite of the prosecution's continued failure to provide full discovery to the defense, Creative Frontiers Principal Robert Adams, accused of child molestation, entered a formal plea of "not guilty" before Sacramento Superior Court Judge John P. Winn, who set August 17, 2012 as the date for Adams' preliminary hearing. [END OF POST]

Brief Court Update: 5 April 2012

At Robert Adams's most recent court date, April 5, 2012, Adams' attorney Linda Parisi told the court that she continues to wait for the prosecution's evidence. In a case already marked by numerous investigative and prosecutorial irregularities, the District Attorney’s office appears unable to produce its evidence against Adams, now eight months since authorities shut down Creative Frontiers. Adams has appeared in court five times since his arrest in September 2011. The case has been scheduled to be heard again on May 23, 2012. [END OF POST]

Brief Court Update: 24 Feb 2012

Defense attorney Linda Parisi continues to wait for evidence to be turned over by Citrus Heights Police, regarding her client Robert Adams, the former Creative Frontiers private school principal who was arrested on September 7, 2011 and charged with six felony counts and one misdemeanor count of child molestation. Adams has appeared in court four times since his arrest in September, and each time his attorney has been forced to ask for a continuance, pending complete discovery from the prosecution. To date, no children have confirmed any of the adult allegations of molestation that originally closed Adams's school in July 2011. Adams's case is scheduled to be heard again on April 5th. [END OF POST]

Lessons from Creative Frontiers School: Social Services and Police Timing of Arrests, Press Releases, Parental Notification

Robert Adams's Creative Frontiers School wasn’t exactly a burning building into which armed officers rushed on July 18, in suburban Citrus Heights. It was a little cottage-style schoolhouse, 35-years old but still very much intact and not on fire, sitting on a bucolic seven-acres set back from the highway, a progressive preschool and elementary school with a big palm tree in the courtyard and windows overlooking fields, a playground, swimming, horses, even goats and rabbits and the random stray.... Summer classes were in session, more fun than anything, and indeed all seemed well enough. Whatever social services and police had been led to believe, one thing would soon be clear: no children at the school had any complaints. Unfortunately for all involved, police and social services had already sent out press releases....

Creative Frontiers and DSS Director Will Lightbourne: A Brief (But Expensive) Side Note

Social service workers–should anyone be unaware–have extraordinarily difficult jobs. Particularly in investigating allegations of child molestation. Their jobs are tougher still, when both the allegations and the investigations begin with, and build upon, circumstances as dubious as those related to Robert Adams and Creative Frontiers School in Citrus Heights, CA. Such cases can prove disastrous, however, when a Department is already under scrutiny by the public eye–not through any fault of frontline workers, but in response to the Department’s perceived “face”:  its Director. Continue reading “Creative Frontiers and DSS Director Will Lightbourne: A Brief (But Expensive) Side Note” »

Children, Parents, and Teachers Testify Before Mayor and Citrus Heights City Council, in Support of Robert Adams and Creative Frontiers School

According to witness testimony before Mayor Jeanne Bruins and City Council, the armed Citrus Heights Police raid on Robert Adams' Creative Frontiers School was not only unnecessary, but terrified the children as some officers needlessly broke doors for which they had been given keys, while other officers, in the school playground, engaged in “jocularity” such as “horsey rides.”

Students, Parents, and Teachers Rally to Support Robert Adams and Creative Frontiers School

Although state and local authorities have seen fit to shut down Creative Frontiers based on allegations of child molestation lodged by 62-year-old ex-volunteer Irma Mertens, the actual children at Creative Frontiers, as well as their teachers and their parents, are rallying in the streets, picketing, begging authorities to re-open their beloved school.