San Jose police on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, arrested Chioke Robinson, 45, of San Jose, on suspicion of sexually assaulting four teen girls between 1999 and 2011. Robinson worked as a track coach at Piedmont and Los Gatos high schools as well as a club team coach in the San Jose area at the time of the alleged crimes. (Courtesy of the San Jose Police Department)

 

Women’s assistant track and field coach Chioke Robinson will respond to charges that he sexually assaulted at least six minor girls in
an April 22 plea hearing in Santa Clara County, but the University will neither confirm nor deny whether any SF State students have come forward as victims.

Robinson was arrested by San Jose Police on campus Feb. 21 and, according to Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Anne Seery, he was released from custody on 5 percent of his $605,000 bail shortly after his most recent court date on March 11, when her office added
four additional felonies to the 12 with which he was initially charged.

Seery said Robinson is alleged to have sexually assaulted six named-victims ages 12 to 17 in Santa Clara County and others who have chosen not to be named. There are additional alleged victims and investigations underway outside the county and state.

 According to Officer Gina Tepoorten of SJPD, Robinson is charged for assaults alleged to have occurred between 1999 and 2011, during which period he worked as a track coach at Piedmont Hills High School and Los Gatos High School, both in Santa Clara County, and as a club team coach in San Jose.

The investigation is ongoing according to Seery, and her office continues to receive calls from additional alleged victims, some of whom have surpassed the statute of limitations, which is 10 years for child molestation.

Robinson’s employee profile remains active on the SF State athletics website despite the charges against him. The webpage lists his status as “on leave,” and University Spokesperson Mary Kenny said he will remain a University employee until the conclusion of the investigation.

“The University will exhaust its own procedures before making changes to Robinson’s profile or employment status,” Kenny said. “SF State does not publish information to the public about employee personnel matters, which are confidential in nature.”

Kenny declined to provide additional information on Robinson’s case or SF State’s investigation, and Senior Associate Director of Athletics Brandon Davis also declined to comment.

Robinson is represented by criminal defense attorney Laura Robinson, to whom he is not related. A plea hearing is scheduled for April 22, before which Seery said she will meet with Robinson’s attorney to discuss a preliminary hearing.

 

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