California high school coach sentenced to 9 years in prison for placing camera in girls’ bathroom

‘Sick’ California high school football coach is sentenced to nine years in prison after hiding camera disguised as phone charger inside girls’ locker room to spy on students getting changed

  • A former assistant football coach at Los Osos High School was sentenced Friday to nine years in prison for child pornography
  • David Arthur Riden, 53, who worked at the Rancho Cucamonga, California, high school secretly placed a camera inside a girls’ bathroom at the school
  • The man took photos of 21 students inside the school’s restroom 
  • At the time of his arrest, he was found in possession of more than 600 images of child sexual assault 
  • One of the victims who has since come forward said Riden had played ‘a sick game’ and ‘destroyed’ her life’ 
  • He will have to register as a sex offender after his release from prison  

A former football coach who hid a camera in a girls’ locker room at a Southern California high school has been sentenced to over nine years in prison for producing child pornography. 

David Arthur Riden, 52, will serve 112 months in prison after pleading guilty last month to possession of over 600 images of child sexual assault material, using a minor to produce child sexual assault material, and secretly photographic a minor.

Riden took photographs of more than 21 students inside the bathroom and was first arrested last year after another employee found the camera at Los Osos High School in Ranco Cucamonga, California. 

The device had been disguised as a phone charger plugged into a bathroom wall.

The ‘charger’ was actually taking photos of girls in the bathroom and locker room near the pool.

David Riden, 53, has been sentenced to nine years in prison after he took photos and videos of minors in a girls' bathroom at a Southern California high school

David Riden, 53, has been sentenced to nine years in prison after he took photos and videos of minors in a girls’ bathroom at a Southern California high school 

Inside a Los Osos High School bathroom, Riden placed a camera disguised as a phone charger

Inside a Los Osos High School bathroom, Riden placed a camera disguised as a phone charger 

Jordan Stotts, one of the victims of Riden, said her life has been 'destroyed' by Riden and his actions

Jordan Stotts, one of the victims of Riden, said her life has been ‘destroyed’ by Riden and his actions 

Authorities said Riden had filmed club teams and was found in possession of more than 600 images of child sexual assault, before pleading guilty to child pornography charges in October. 

‘Our Office is satisfied with the outcome of this plea, particularly on the felony charges,’ the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement after Riden’s sentence was announced.  

‘It ensures Riden is held accountable for his crimes and the victims will not have to endure a potentially lengthy trial and any further emotional trauma.’

One of the victims impacted, Jordan Stotts said after he was sentenced that he has ‘destroyed’ her life and her trust. 

‘You truly destroyed my life. Once I was a girl who could take on anything. Now I’m a girl who’s scared and doesn’t know what to do,’ Stotts said.

‘Riden, the game you played was sick. I talked to you almost every single day thinking how nice and sweet of a person you were in thinking of you as a coach who loves his job. 

‘But this whole time, you’ve been going behind all of our backs, which is sick.’

Stotts is now one of 48 victims being represented in a damages lawsuit against the former assistant football coach. 

'I talked to you almost every single day thinking how nice and sweet of a person you were,' Stotts said of Riden

‘I talked to you almost every single day thinking how nice and sweet of a person you were,’ Stotts said of Riden 

Gloria Allred, the lawyer representing the nearly 50 victims in this case, has also spoken publicly about how Riden’s sentence falls short for many of the victims and their families. 

‘Many parents and their daughters have been on an emotional roller coaster,’ she said at a news conference. 

‘The sentence imposed by the court this morning was very disappointing to many parents that we represent. Although Mr. Ryden will be sent to prison, some parents felt that he should be sentenced to substantially more time in custody,’ Allred said. 

Allred is regarded as ‘the most famous woman attorney practicing law in the nation today’ and a ‘tireless and successful advocate for victims whose rights have been violated.’ 

Gloria Allred, a famous feminist attorney, is representing 48 victims in the damages case

Gloria Allred, a famous feminist attorney, is representing 48 victims in the damages case

In a previous press conference held with the high-powered attorney and the mother of a victim, one woman said that her daughter and her friends have been sick since the camera’s discovery. 

‘It’s been extremely difficult, for (my daughter) and her friends,’ said a mother who identified herself as Stefanie. 

‘Difficult to go to school; nervous all the time; anxious,’ the mother said. 

The 21 victims, all of whom have been identified, have also spent the last year worrying that their images could be online. 

‘It’s this waiting game. Waiting for a phone call, a notification, and the terror that these videos are out there,’ Stefanie said in 2021. 

During a 2021 Zoom meeting with Allred, Stefanie, the mother of a student, said the girls affected have been worried sick that images and videos of them undressing may wind up on the internet

During a 2021 Zoom meeting with Allred, Stefanie, the mother of a student, said the girls affected have been worried sick that images and videos of them undressing may wind up on the internet 

'It's been extremely difficult, for (my daughter) and her friends' Stefanie said of her daughter and other girls at the school having to worry over their images possibly being uploaded

‘It’s been extremely difficult, for (my daughter) and her friends’ Stefanie said of her daughter and other girls at the school having to worry over their images possibly being uploaded 

Allred said after the sentencing, however, they have no evidence the videos or images have been posted online. 

The attorney also said in September 2021 that girls at the school has been subjected to taunting from male peers following the discovery of the camera in August 2021. 

‘One boy is reported to have stood up in class and openly chanted, “Free Riden,” with no apparent consequences,’ the attorney said in September 2021. 

‘Some members of the football team asked the victims why they were so upset, saying, “It’s just some free booty pictures.” 

Riden, seen above in a Pinterest profile picture, had worked as an employee in various capacities at the Southern California high school since 2015

Riden, seen above in a Pinterest profile picture, had worked as an employee in various capacities at the Southern California high school since 2015 

In a statement, the district said: ‘The Chaffey Joint Union High School District and Los Osos High School were and remain deeply concerned about this disturbing incident.

‘Our support for our students is unwavering, and we will not tolerate any actions that infringe on their privacy.’

DailyMail.com reached out to Chaffey Joint Union High School District superintendent Matthew Holton for comment but did not immediately hear back. 

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