High school assistant principal appears in court

A Galileo High School assistant principal accused of helping operate two brothels in San Jose appeared in Santa Clara County Superior Court on Thursday, but did not enter a plea.

Gerald Courtney, 57, was arrested for allegedly setting up leases for two apartments in San Jose where prostitution took place, San Jose police Sgt. Mike Sullivan said. Police also believe Courtney posted online advertisements for the prostitution business, while his accomplice, Hsiu Hwa Chou, served as the operation’s madam, Sullivan said. Chou, along with two women accused of prostitution, was also arrested Aug. 7.

No students from the San Francisco Unified School District were involved in the operation, police said.

Courtney, who is out on bail, is on paid administrative leave from the district. The trial has been set for Jan. 5.

bwinegarner@sfexaminer.com

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