Fresno man sentenced for molesting foster child

By Pablo Lopez - The Fresno Bee

A Fresno man who was convicted of having sex with one of his foster children and molesting another was sentenced Thursday to 16 years in prison.

A shackled William Green, who also coached basketball and was a substitute teacher in Fresno-area schools, apologized in Fresno County Superior Court for violating a position of trust as a foster parent.

A jury last month found Green, 33, guilty of six felony charges of lewd acts with a 13-year-old girl and three misdemeanor counts of molesting or annoying a 16-year-old girl in his home two years ago.

As part of his sentence, he will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, said prosecutor Gabriel Brickey.

During Thursday's hearing, the 13-year-old, who is now 16, said Green's crimes continue "to play over in her head."

Because of suicidal thoughts, she said, she has missed school, isolated herself from family and friends, and constantly asks herself: "Why did this happen to me?"

Judge James Petrucelli told the victim that he "admired her courage today and throughout the process."

The judge then scolded Green for "engaging in violent conduct -- the sexual assault on a minor" in order to satisfy his sexual urges.

Although Green had no prior criminal record, the judge said the defendant deserved a long prison sentence because the crimes happened over a long period of time and Green had time to reflect on his actions.

A criminal complaint said the lewd acts with the 13-year-old occurred from January to July 2010; the 16-year-old was molested in July 2010.

Green, who is married with four children, did not testify.

Brickey told jurors that Green would wait until his wife left the house before having sex with the 13-year-old. Green also kissed and rubbed the inner thigh of the 16-year-old, Brickey said.

A key piece of evidence, Brickey said, was a telephone call the 13-year-old made to Green. It was recorded by police. In it, Green didn't deny having sex with the 13-year-old. Instead, he told the girl that he loved her and told her not to tell anyone because "his life would be over," Brickey told the jury.

Child Protective Services removed the two victims as well as several other foster children from the Green home in the summer of 2010 after the 16-year-old told her social worker. The 13-year-old initially kept her feelings to herself and began cutting her arm, Brickey said.

She later told a relative, who contacted police.

Before his arrest, Green was a substitute teacher at several schools in the Fresno Unified School District, an instructional aide at Roosevelt High and a basketball coach at San Joaquin Memorial High School.

Police have said the molestations did not happen on a school campus and did not involve any students.