Thursday Aug 26 2010
Teacher faces molest charge
By: Stephanie Dumm Gold Country News Service
Lincoln High educator has September court date
A Lincoln High School teacher placed on leave will be arraigned Sept. 8 on molestation charges in an Auburn courtroom, according to the Placer County District Attorney’s Office Thursday. Chancy Thomas Leavell, 32, taught agricultural biology at the Lincoln High School farm, according to previous Lincoln News Messenger reports. The News Messenger is a sister publication of the Auburn Journal. He has not been arrested, and has been given an arraignment date of Sept. 8 in Dept. 13, the jail courtroom in Auburn, according to Art Campos, public information officer for the District Attorney’s Office. The single charge against Leavell is annoy or molest a child under the age of 18, and is being charged as a misdemeanor, according to Campos. On March 15, a Lincoln High School teacher was placed on administrative leave for allegations about an incident involving inappropriate behavior with a Western Placer Unified School District high school female student, according to previous News Messenger reports. “The district has placed the teacher on administrative leave, pending an investigation and intends to take any and all appropriate actions upon conclusion of the investigation,” Western Placer Unified School District Superintendent Scott Leaman said March 25. Leaman would not name the teacher then stating, “they are allegations at this point and allegations deserve a thorough investigation.” In a weekly crime summary report released by the Lincoln Police Department for the week ending March 13, there were two offenses that occurred on Dec. 1 involving sexual battery and annoy child under 18. In the April 1 News Messenger report, “Teacher accused of sexual battery,” both offenses are related to Leaman’s statement about the teacher’s leave of absence, according to Lincoln Police Lt. David Ibarra. “It did not occur at the school,” Ibarra said in the same article. “I can’t release the names or give details because it is under investigation.” The Lincoln Police Department filed a report April 7 with the Placer County DA’s Office, asking that charges be filed against the teacher. No arrests were made at the time of filing, according to previous News Messenger reports, it took four-and-a-half months for a decision to be made by the District Attorney’s Office as to whether charges would be filed, according to Campos, since the DA needed to examine and investigate the case. An attempt Thursday afternoon to contact school officials was unsuccessful as of press time. Leavell’s name was no longer listed on the school’s website as of Thursday. No one answered the door of the Leavell home Thursday afternoon. Stephanie Dumm can be reached at Stephanied@goldcountrymedia.com.