To our readers:
This morning I learned that Jack Hammer, whose work as a freelance blogger covering the San Francisco ‘49ers has appeared in The Press Democrat since July 2021, had pleaded no contest to a felony child-sex charge 18 years ago and was sentenced to 60 days of work release.
We have terminated his services effective immediately.
The incident, which involved a 17-year-old girl, occurred when Hammer, whose real name is Jeff Patterson, was a high school football coach and math teacher in Morgan Hill in the South Bay. In addition to his work-release sentence, he served five years of probation and had his teaching certificate permanently revoked. He was not required to register as a sex offender.
As a freelancer, Patterson did not represent The Press Democrat in a professional capacity. As an independent contractor, he was not an employee, and therefore was not subject to our employee background check process.
Interim Executive Editor