The jury trial set to start this week for a former Lorbeer Middle School teacher accused of performing lewd acts on a 14-year-old female student has been pushed back.
Court officials said Tuesday that jury selection was expected to start that day for Steven Andrews, but it was pushed back "due to pretrial matters that need to be addressed before moving forward," said Shiara Davila-Morales, a Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office spokeswoman.
The case is off the jury trial calendar for now, she said. Andrews' next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 29.
Andrews, 42, surrendered to Walnut/Diamond Bar Sheriff’s Station deputies on Sept.
30, 2011. He faces 17 charges, including six counts of sexual
penetration with a foreign object, six counts of unlawful sexual
intercourse with a child, two counts of oral copulation with a child
under 16, and three counts of lewd acts on a child. He pleaded not
guilty in November 2011.
Last month, a Superior Court judge ruled that the trial would move forward.