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Alameda County is home to 414 public schools, including 113 high schools, 86 middle schools, and 255 elementary schools. According to publicschoolreview.com, 223,449 students attend public schools in Alameda County, and 26,637 students attend private schools.
School districts within Alameda County include Alameda Unified School District, Albany Unified School District, Berkeley Unified School District, Castro Valley Unified School District, Dublin Unified School District, Emery Unified School District, Fremont Unified School District, Hayward Unified School District, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District, Mountain House Elementary School District, New Haven Unified School District, Newark Unified School District, Oakland Unified School District, Piedmont Unified School District, Pleasanton Unified School District, San Leandro Unified School District, San Lorenzo Unified School District, and Sunol Glen Unified School District.
Estey Bomberger reviews and monitors news stories and reports of crime and lawsuits involving public and private schools nationwide. The following reports are for schools located in Alameda County, CA. If your child has been sexually abused or negligently supervised and you would like more information about your options or rights in a civil suit, contact us for a free consultation.
- ALVARADO ELEMENTARY (UNION CITY)
31100 Fredi St, Union City, CA 94587
Michael William Howry, 47, a third grade teacher at Alvarado Elementary School, was arrested at his home in May 2013 and charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under the age of 14 and five counts of child molestation. Authorities began investigating Howry in April 2013 after receiving information from a witness alleging Howry had engaged in criminal misconduct with a female student. News Source: Union City Patch
- GRANADA HIGH SCHOOL (LIVERMORE)
400 Wall St, Livermore, CA 94550
Marie Johnson, 42, a married math teacher at Granada High School in Livermore, was arrested in January 2012 and booked on child sexual assault charges. According to investigators, the sexual assaults took place during a six-month period beginning in December 2010 and ending in May 2011. The relationship formed through text messages, Facebook and the “words with friends” game. Johnson pleaded no contest to nine counts of having sex with a minor, and was sentenced to three years in state prison followed by four years on parole. She received credit for time already served and immediately started parole. News source: Livermore Patch
- MISSION VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (FREMONT)
41700 Denise St, Fremont, CA 94539
Michael Schoop, 65, a Pleasanton resident, was a teacher at Mission Valley Elementary School for more than 20 years when in 2000 a man reported to police that Schoop had sexually abused him in Oakland in the late 1960’s. The allegation was later recanted, but police found child pornography during the investigation and Schoop was convicted for that in state and federal court, and sentenced to eight months in federal custody and five years felony probation. In 2013, Schoop was trying to get that conviction wiped clean and his sex offender status revoked through a petition with Alameda County Superior Court in 2013, when the district attorney learned of allegations involving sexual misconduct involving Schoop and two different Mission Valley students. The statute of limitations had lapsed for one of the accusers, who said he was abused from 1983 to 1985 (John Doe 2), but prosecutors filed charges for the other victim who alleged abuse from 1998 to 1999(John Doe 1). Fremont police had first learned of John Doe 1 in 2010 from a medical professional who heard secondhand that the boy had been abused by Schoop, but the victim did not return a call from investigators and the case fell apart. When investigators contacted the victim a second time in 2013, he was ready to talk. Schoop pleaded no contest in February 2015 and in April 2015, he was sentenced to 16 years in state prison. News Source: Mercury News
- SAN LEANDRO HIGH SCHOOL (SAN LEANDRO)
2200 Bancroft Avenue, San Leandro, CA 94577
Jason Chang, 27, a teacher at San Leandro High School, was arrested in April of 2014 and charged with one count of statutory rape and arranging a meeting with a minor for lewd purposes. Chang allegedly had a sexual relationship with a female student between June and December 2013. News Source: Contra Costa Times