Jeffrey Cooper, an architect and fellow of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, was convicted after a jury trial on three counts of child molestation, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.
The jury returned its verdict on May 20 in Los Angeles Superior Court in Van Nuys. Cooper was arrested four years ago and charged in eight counts involving two children. Judge Alan Schneider declared a mistrial on the second child’s five counts.
Cooper pleaded not guilty to all charges. He will be sentenced on June 1 and face 12 years in prison. According to the Times, he is being held without bail because the judge ruled he was a risk of absconding.
Cooper was involved in the construction of studio and sound mixing equipment and sound design for theaters. The victim said Cooper positioned himself as a musical mentor but molested her at a recording studio when she was 12 or 13 years old.
After the sentencing, Dave Ring, an attorney for the prosecutors, said: “Obviously the families are disappointed that the jury was not convicted of one victim, but they are very pleased that the jury was convicted of at least the second victim. It was incredibly satisfying for her to see Cooper sent to jail immediately for what he did. They’ve been through hell in the last four years of the criminal process,” according to the Times.
Cooper was made a member of AMPAS in 2002. His felony conviction triggers an internal review process for the Academy that will almost certainly end in his expulsion from the Hollywood institution. The Academy, like other industry organizations, has been forced to tighten its standards of conduct for members in the wake of the #MeToo revelations and other cultural movements.
A representative from AMPAS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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