A 60-year-old man was arrested after a three-day investigation involving molestation allegations at Leuzinger High School. According to police officials, the crime can be seen on surveillance videos. The defendant, a former union official, allegedly molested a 16-year-old, mentally challenged high school student after he followed her into a school stairwell. The crime occurred on May 7th and the man was arrested three days later.
The crime was also witnessed by the girl’s fellow students, who reported what they saw to the school principal. A Sgt. with the Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Unit said that one of the witnesses recorded the incident on his cellphone but deleted the video afterward. The crime also left law enforcement wondering if the man has taken advantage of past students. “He’s been there over 20 years,” said the Sgt., “With this type of behavior, we definitely want to explore the possibility of additional victims…”
After detectives investigated the crime, the man was arrested and charged with three misdemeanor counts of molesting a child. According to law enforcement, California law does not have any provisions for child molestation based on the mental capacity of the victim, but it does make provisions for molestation based on the child’s age. The suspect posted bail for $60,000 the day after his arrest, and the school district released a statement indicating that the crime was reported to police as soon as the students told school officials.
“Although the district is not at liberty to disclose information that is under investigation,” the statement indicated, “please rest assured that all steps have been taken to ensure the care and safety of the student involved as well as the safety and well-being of all students.” The school superintendent said that the district “will not tolerate any individual who compromised the safety of our students” and indicated that the school district would cooperate fully with police during the investigation.
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