Cortez Quinn Sentenced to Serve Jail Time

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Cortez Quinn / Photo: TRUSD

Cortez Quinn / Photo: TRUSD

Former Twin Rivers Unified school board member Cortez Quinn was sentenced to one year in the county jail, District Attorney Jan Scully announced today.

The Honorable Laurel D. White ordered Quinn, 47, serve 240 days of his sentence in custody before being eligible to apply for a Sheriff’s work release program. Quinn will be on formal probation for five years.

Quinn previously pled no contest to felony conspiracy to obstruct justice, and misdemeanor illegal acceptance of personal loans and gifts from an employee by an elected official.

While on the Twin Rivers Unified school board, Quinn developed a personal relationship with a female school employee. From December 2010 through April 2011, she gave Quinn gifts totaling $4,000, and loans totaling over $50,000. State law makes it illegal for a school board member to receive loans from an employee of the district, and the gifts exceeded the $420 gift limit.

Quinn’s relationship with this employee resulted in her pregnancy and the birth of a son in December 2011. The employee filed a paternity action, and the court ordered Quinn to submit to DNA testing.

Quinn went to Comprehensive Medical, Inc., where laboratory technician Andre Pearson was employed to collect DNA samples. Quinn and Pearson conspired to submit a false DNA sample under Quinn’s name, which resulted in a paternity test fraudulently showing Quinn was not the father. Quinn used that test result in court to deny paternity.

Judge White sentenced Pearson, 37, to 180 days in custody. Pearson previously pled no contest to misdemeanor conspiracy to obstruct justice. Pearson will be on informal probation for three years.

Both defendants were immediately taken into custody to begin serving their terms.

By law, Quinn is disqualified from being a candidate for any elective office or acting as a lobbyist for four years.

The Twin Rivers Unified school board is expected to appoint Quinn’s replacement within the coming week.