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News - February 8, 2012

Former coach pleads not guilty

Michael Taylor, a former Menlo School assistant baseball coach, has pleaded not guilty to stealing computers from the Atherton school that had employed him.

Mr. Taylor, 28, entered his plea in San Mateo County Superior Court on Jan. 24. The case was continued to March 7 for a pretrial conference, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Mr. Taylor is suspected of stealing a number of electronic devices from Menlo School and its students.

Two other men accused of the theft of computers and backpacks at Menlo School were also in court Jan. 24. Ironically, Mr. Taylor reportedly had been instrumental in apprehending at least one of the men on the Menlo College campus, which is adjacent to Menlo School. Both men were Menlo College students.

Ryan Alexander Goodman, 20, pleaded guilty to grand theft, and was sentenced to two years of court probation, conditioned on completion of a substance abuse treatment program. The case against Raphael Daniel Bettan, 18, was continued to March 8 for a pretrial conference.


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