No charges af­ter po­lice probe al­leged school sex as­saults

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - News -

SAN JOSE (AP) — The San Jose Po­lice De­part­ment won’t bring any charges against of­fi­cials at a high school ac­cused of fail­ing to re­port to au­thor­i­ties child sex­ual as­sault al­le­ga­tions against their staffers.

San Jose Po­lice Lt. Brian An­der­son said Thurs­day that the yearand-a-half crim­i­nal probe didn’t turn up suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence against Pre­sen­ta­tion High School ad­min­is­tra­tors ac­cused of not re­port­ing al­leged sex­ual as­saults to po­lice and con­spir­ing to con­ceal sex­ual as­sault from law en­force­ment.

“We just don’t have even the foun­da­tion yet for a case, along (con­spir­acy) lines,” An­der­son, the head of the po­lice de­part­ment’s sex­ual as­sault unit, told the Mer­cury News.

That con­clu­sion frus­trated and an­gered Kathryn Lee­hane, who al­leges she was sex­u­ally as­saulted at Pre­sen­ta­tion while a stu­dent there decades ago.

A let­ter Lee­hane wrote about her as­sault in the Wash­ing­ton Post in Oc­to­ber 2017, at the height of the #MeToo women’s rights move­ment, prompted other for­mer stu­dents to come for­ward with sim­i­lar complaints from the mid-1970s into the early 2000s.

“They didn’t try their hard­est,” Lee­hane said of the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Mean­while, an ex­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into claims of abuse launched by Pre­sen­ta­tion of­fi­cials in Septem­ber is on­go­ing, though Prin­ci­pal Holly Elkins didn’t re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment to the news­pa­per about its sta­tus.

The school set­tled a law­suit this month with one for­mer stu­dent, Danielle Wood, who claimed she was sex­u­ally as­saulted in 2004 by the school’s for­mer the­ater di­rec­tor Jeff Hicks, ac­cord­ing to a KNTV re­port. Wood was 15 at the time of the al­leged as­sault.

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