Kettrell Berry gets nearly 10-year prison term for sex with student

Kettrell at his sentencing Thursday.

Kettrell at his San Diego sentencing Thursday.

His eyes are bloodshot. His face grim. This is how Kettrell Berry, 53, looked when sentenced Thursday to 9 years, 8 months in prison for having sex with a student at the San Diego school where he worked. I wish I had been in court to hear the judge, who apparently noted kind words from his friends. Presumably these included masters track pals and those he coached. They knew the national-champion long sprinter as I did for nearly 15 years — selfless and supportive. What his trial revealed was shocking, though. Sex with a 12-year-old? Her case never led to charges. But the woman, now 27, was quoted as saying: “Psychologically, I’ve been messed up in the head. I don’t know what was going on in his head … to make him think that the things he did were OK.” A local reporter added: “After the sentencing, the woman sobbed for several minutes in the courthouse hallway,” saying: “I wish that no child has to go through the things I went through.” His conviction involved a girl 15 and 16, who had credibility issues. DNA evidence also was lacking. But a pattern of abuse led a jury to convict Kettrell, and he’s now behind bars at the South Bay Detention Facility in Chula Vista. He’ll be moved to state prison. I hope to learn his earliest release date. He’s a better person, and father, than depicted.

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November 11, 2016

11 Responses

  1. Mike Travers - November 12, 2016

    A “better person than depicted”? Seriously, Ken? He’s a convicted child molester for chrissakes. Your post is filled with excuses and thinly veiled innuendo. This man is a predator and you choose to minimize his behaviour? Ken – you are delusional.

    Mike Travers

  2. Anonymous - November 12, 2016

    This is not a news site – it’s Ken’s blog and he is allowed to color his posts with his opinions. Too bad the MSM didn’t realize this distinction.

    Ken, FWIW, I have no sympathy for Kettrell, feel pretty bad for not only the victims but for what his family is going through.

  3. Michael D Walker - November 12, 2016


    I agree with the comments from “Anonymous”. I am sure that the Kettrell that you know sounds like a good guy but the victims and their families may not have the same kind words and memories.

  4. Mike Travers - November 12, 2016

    Yep, this is Ken’s blog and he is allowed to express his opinion. Thanks to Ken, I’m also allowed to point out how misguided I think he is. Monsters like Berry typically show the side of their personality that they feel benefits them.

    This man had sex with teens that he held a position of authority over. BTW, he will probably be segregated from the prison general population. Even prisoners despise these guys.

    Mike Travers

  5. Anonymous - November 12, 2016

    And once again Mike has to have the last word.

  6. Jason Black - November 12, 2016

    Sorry Ken,
    You left off that he had a kid with one of the kids there. If he was really a family man why would he go behind their backs like that. A wolf in sheep’s clothing for sure. Really sad situation.

  7. Bill Newsham - November 13, 2016

    This article is a despicable post that attacks the victim and makes excuses for a sexual predator. I’m done with this site. The world can do without both both child molesters and the people that support them. I put them in the same category.

  8. Tom Sputo - November 14, 2016

    I would prefer to not drag out unflattering information, but there needs to be truth in this matter. The following is from a news story on the San Diego Fox 5 news website site:

    “Another 18-year-old woman testified that she began dating Berry about six months after she left the school. The woman — who was addicted to drugs — said Berry preyed upon her, manipulated her, and within seven months she was pregnant with his child.”

    No, this is not a reasonable man who made a small mistake.

  9. Rick Riddle - November 15, 2016

    I don’t read Ken’s writing as being supportive. It feels more to me like a “telling it like it is” style of writing. Even if another’s read is that it is supportive, the distinction needs to be made as to whether Ken is trying to lead others, through his presentation, to forgiveness, or instead, acceptance – or neither. The definitions of forgiveness and acceptance are different. Only Ken can speak to his own thoughts regarding his intention and attitude in covering the facts.

  10. Byrke Beller - November 20, 2016

    seems like he should have gotten 30 years not 10

  11. Tony Echeandia - November 28, 2016

    A truly Sad story about someone we know and compete with…

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