Former Modesto Junior College instructor's trial postponed

local@modbee.comSeptember 3, 2013 

— A Stanislaus County judge on Tuesday postponed a trial until Sept. 26 for a former police officer and Modesto Junior College instructor accused of molesting three teenage girls.

Francisco "Frank" Jose Drummond is charged with two felony counts of lewd or lascivious acts with two of the girls, ages 13 and 14, in incidents alleged to have occurred Aug. 9 and 20, 2009.

A third count alleges Drummond forced oral copulation on a 17-year-old police Explorer in 1991.

One of Drummond's two attorneys is in the middle of a murder trial and won't be available for Drummond's trial, which was scheduled to start this week. Drummond remains free on bail as he awaits trial.

He was arrested during a staff meeting Aug. 28, 2009, at the MJC East Campus, where he taught criminal justice courses, police have said.

The defendant resigned from his job as a reserve Ripon police officer days after police showed up at his Modesto home to investigate allegations of lewd acts with the teenage girls. He previously worked as a police officer in Modesto and Patterson.

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