A Twin Rivers Unified School District trustee was arrested Wednesday on several felony charges of perjury and filing false documents.
Prosecutors say Cortez Quinn and a lab technician, Andre Pearson, falsified a paternity test so it would say that Quinn was not the father of a woman’s baby.
Quinn and Pearson are both charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice and conceal evidence and preparing false evidence.
According to court documents, Quinn had developed a relationship with the woman, a Twin Rivers employee. Investigators say that between December 2010 and April 2011, the woman gave Quinn $4,000 in gifts and $50,000 in loans.
Quinn is charged with five misdemeanors related to those gifts and loans, and is accused of not disclosing that money.
Quinn faces a maximum sentence of 12 years in prison and another six months in jail for each misdemeanor count. Pearson faces up to three years.
The Twin Rivers Unified School District Board of Trustees issued a statement later Wednesday afternoon:
“We share the community’s shock and concern over the arrest of Trustee Cortez Quinn. All of us are impacted when something like this occurs, but we want to assure our parents and the community that we will not be distracted from our goal. We will continue to press forward to provide a world-class education where all students graduate college and career ready.”