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Regional Report: Placer County, CA School Negligent Supervision & Sexual Abuse Allegations

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 Placer 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.

  • E.V. CAIN CHARTER MIDDLE SCHOOL (AUBURN)
    150 Palm Ave, Auburn, CA 95603
    Gerald K. Heisler, 62, of Colfax, a teacher’s aide and math tutor, was arrested in May 2013 on suspicion of having an inappropriate relationship with a 14-year-old student. The victim’s parents contact the Placer County Sheriff’s Office after finding explicit texts from Heisler on the victim’s phone. Heisler was charged with lewd and lascivious acts with a child, annoying or molesting a child, contact with a minor with the intention of committing a sex crime, and child pornography. News Source: Auburn Journal
  • SIERRA VISTA SCHOOL (NEWCASTLE)
    645 Kentucky Greens Way, Newcastle, CA  95658
    Jennifer Lynn Woods, 35of Granite Bay, a special education teacher at Sierra Vista School, was arrested January 10, 2013 on suspicion of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old boy. She pleaded guilty in June 2013 to two felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. In October 2013, Judge Richard Couzens sentenced Woods to 365 days in jail and placed her on probation for five years. She was not required to register as a sex offender. News Source: Auburn Journal 
  • WHITNEY HIGH SCHOOL (ROCKLIN)
    701 Wildcat Blvd, Rocklin, CA 95765
    Matthew Yamamoto, 33, of Rocklin, was arrested in September 2012 on suspicion of having an unlawful intimate relationship with a juvenile student. The mother of the 17-year-old victim contacted police, who served a search warrant on Matthew Yamamoto, and subsequently arrested him for child molestation and arranging a meeting with a minor for purposes of committing a lewd act. Yamamoto pleaded no contest in August 2013 to four felonies, including oral copulation with a minor, attempted sexual intercourse with a minor, sexual penetration and conspiring to obstruct justice. Judge Michael Jones sentenced Yamamoto to four years and eight months in state prison and lifetime registration as a sex offender. News Source: Placer Herald

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