Film Academy Member Jeff Cooper Gets 8-Year Sentence for Child Molestation

Film Academy member Jeff Cooper was sentenced to eight years in a California state prison on Monday for molesting a young girl multiple times in his home.

Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office officials said Cooper, who was an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences member since 2002, was found guilty of sexually assaulting a minor in 2005 and 2007 when the child was between 12 and 13 years old.

Cooper will also be required to register as a sex offender.

Cooper, known for designing movie theaters and studios for notable directors such as George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, and Steven Spielberg, was initially charged with eight counts involving two children.

“Children are the most vulnerable members of our community. Mr. Cooper abused his position of trust and caused incredible harm to helpless victims. I know that nothing can undo the trauma that they have endured, but I hope the victims find peace and healing now that this criminal process is complete,” said District Attorney George Gascón.

Cooper was first arrested in June 2018 when he was accused of sexually assaulting two female minors, who are now 16 and 28 years old.

In May this year, a jury convicted Cooper on three felony charges of a lewd act on a child involving one of his accusers.

During the trial, one of the victims testified that Cooper was a “mentor” to her, teaching her how to play the guitar.

The victim testified that Cooper molested her when she was 12 or 13 years old in Cooper’s private basement studio.

However, jurors were unable to reach a verdict on five counts against Cooper involving a second accuser, and Judge Alan Schneider declared a mistrial on those charges.

Cooper’s attorney, Alan Jackson, said during his opening statement that the allegations were false and the famed designer was a “target” because of his wealth and status.

Cooper’s 28-year-old victim said she remained “haunted” by what happened to her and called the last four years “emotional torture.”

“I’m no longer the little girl you took advantage of with no voice or power. I stand before you now a woman with her voice and her power. You no longer hold that power, I do. You did not take away who I am,” Cooper’s 28-year-old victim said.


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