West Valley High School Reports and Investigations

Annelise Pierce filed this request with the Shasta County Sheriff of Shasta County, CA.
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20S028222

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From: Annelise Pierce


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

All documentation of open or close investigations involving West Valley High School from the year 1990 to today.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Annelise Pierce

From: Shasta County Sheriff

Ms. Pierce,

We have no record of receiving the below request on 11/13/2020. Please send all future requests to PRASheriff@co.shasta.ca.us<mailto:PRASheriff@co.shasta.ca.us>

I will begin working on your request immediately. The anticipated records are extensive. For example, reports at West Valley High School from this year alone, so far are 40 reports. Each report is likely to contain juvenile information, and will require considerable redaction. It would therefore be helpful if you are able to narrow your request, such as by type(s) of report you are interested in, or reports involving only a specific person(s). I can also provide a list of all possible types of reports.

Please also clarify if you are looking for the full narratives of each report, or only a list of all reports from that location since 1990. Let me know if you are able to narrow the scope of your request.

Thank you,

Jenea Ashe

Agency Staff Services Analyst

Shasta County Sheriff's Office

300 Park Marina Circle

Redding, CA 96001

(530) 245-6020

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From: Annelise Pierce

Hello Jenea,

I see that it looks like you sent the above email on 11/23 but I am just seeing it now. Forgive my late response.

A list of possible types of reports would be most helpful.

I am particularly interested in reports related to assault, sexual assault, hazing and any sort of allegations of staff misconduct.

I am happy to narrow this request for you, let's work on it.

Thank you.

Annelise

From: Shasta County Sheriff

Annelise,

Attached is a list of codes used on our reports. There were not as many codes used in the past; this is the most updated list. Also attached is a list of any reports at West Valley High School since we started using a new software program in October of 2018.

When searching by address, our system has records as far back as 1998. We do have older records, however, without a specific case number or name to search by, I cannot search for records older than 1998.

Additionally, are you looking to obtain a list of reports only? I can work on finding out which ones are open or closed, or did not have a report taken. Or, are you looking for the full report of each incident, to include narratives?

Jenea Ashe

Agency Staff Services Analyst

(530) 245-6020

From: Shasta County Sheriff

Annelise,

At this time, I am waiting to hear back from you on my last email, before moving forward with preparing any further reports.

Jenea

530-917-1605

From: Annelise Pierce

Good morning Jenea,

Thanks for your patience and professionalism.

Is an investigation different than a report?

Are the parameters for how each report are coded agency specific? I'd like to find out, for example, the distinction between 242 and 242R what the code SEXCRM could include.

Also are the reports originating from West Valley necessarily reports of alleged incidents that occurred on the campus? Would events that occurred off campus that were reported to the school and involved staff or students also be included as a West Valley report?

Are my choices to receive either a full narrative of the report or the kind of list you already generated for me? Do I have an option of a brief summary of the reports without names if say, I asked for all SEXCRM reports from 1998 to present?

Would I be able to break down a list of reports by only those that involved adults?

Many thanks.
annelise

From: Shasta County Sheriff

Annelise,

The list I sent you included all "calls for service" at West Valley High School since 10/09/2018. Any incident begins as a call for service, basically someone reports something. Also, whatever a deputy does while on duty is also on the call logs, such as following up on a previous call, the nature code would be FOL.

Not all calls on the call log will have a written report by the deputy, such as the situation being resolved on scene, or simply providing advice. If a written report is warranted, one of three things will happen:

* Nothing happens. Example-a theft report with no suspects or leads, but the stolen property is documented.
* Charges are filed against the suspect(s).
* The deputy's report is forwarded to Major Crimes to investigate further, and then charges may be filed as evidence is gained, interviews conducted, etc.

From the list I sent you, I reduced it from all calls for service, to those that had a written report. The total was 22 reports. I then checked each report for those that involve adults, and 4 of the 22 reports involved adults. In two of the 4 reports, the parents of a juvenile were the suspect. In the other two reports, staff members of the high school were victims of 242, with the same juvenile suspect in both cases.

A recent story in the news regarding a West Valley High School coach who resigned, our case number is 20S027410, and that was on the list I sent you. However, there are not adult victims or suspects in this case, as it's between students.

To answer your other questions, 242 vs 242R, adding the "R" shows it requires a report. However, you cannot tell from the nature codes alone whether or not a report was written. The code SEXCRM would include all possible types of sex crimes.

Your question: Would events that occurred off campus that were reported to the school and involved staff or students also be included as a West Valley report? A report like this may or may not be listed as the high school's address. Without another address to search, I'd have no way of searching for reports like this. However, it is likely the address would be listed as the high school.

I can continue looking back to 1998, and searching for not all calls, but only those that have a written report, and further reduce it to those which involve an adult as either a suspect or victim. Would you like me to reduce the results in this manner?

If you prefer to discuss this further, you may also give me a call.

Thank you,

Jenea Ashe

Agency Staff Services Analyst

(530) 245-6020 Office

(530) 917-1605 Cell

From: Annelise Pierce

Jenea,

Thank you so much for your continued courteous and professional responses. You have been very helpful. You asked:

"I can continue looking back to 1998, and searching for not all calls, but only those that have a written report, and further reduce it to those which involve an adult as either a suspect or victim. Would you like me to reduce the results in this manner?"

Yes, but please reduce it to only those with an adult as the suspect.

If possible, please also look back within the last ten years and reduce to calls with a written report, involving students as suspects/victims with the nature code SEXCRM

If you can also provide me with an appropriately redacted copy of the report with case number 20S027410 I would so appreciate it.

Many thanks.
Annelise

From: Shasta County Sheriff

Annelise,

I provided you with the wrong case number for the recent story in the news regarding a West Valley High School coach who resigned. The correct case number for the recent West Valley High School investigation is actually 20S028222. This is an active, open investigation and therefore will not be released at this time pursuant to government code section 6254(f).

Attached you will find the other information you requested. One list is for all West Valley High School reports since 1998 which have an adult suspect. The other list is cases which involve a juvenile as either the suspect or victim of a sex crime since 2010. While I did look at every case since 1998 to create these records for you, I did not read the reports, therefore I did not look for students involved in a sex crime, but for juveniles. However, if an adult student was involved in a sex crime, it would be included on the adult suspects list.

If you have any questions or further requests, please let me know. Otherwise, I trust this satisfies your request.

Sincerely,

Jenea Ashe

Agency Staff Services Analyst

Shasta County Sheriff's Office

300 Park Marina Circle

Redding, CA 96001

(530) 245-6020 Office

(530) 917-1605 Cell

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From: Annelise Pierce

Good morning Janae,

Thank you!

Would you please provide me with an appropriately redacted copy of case #13-18282 and case #18-13729.

If you are able to provide a summary before preparing a redacted copy I may be able to decide that I do not need the full redacted reports.

Thank you so much.
Annelise

From: Shasta County Sheriff

Annelise,

I am providing you with summaries of the two reports. Please let me know if you are still interested in the full reports.

13-18282:

Victim-male, 17 year old special needs student. Suspect-male, 15 year old student. Victim reported to the Principal that when he went to the bathroom and was urinating, suspect came in and tried to kiss him. Victim was returned to class and then told students that the Suspect forced him to orally copulate the Suspect.
Suspect was removed from his class to speak with the Principal. Suspect said he was in the stall, when Victim entered and began making suicidal statements. Suspect said he put his arm around the Victim and told him not to kill himself.
The Victim's parents arrived, and advised Victim had been molested years ago, and may be making up the allegations, and did not want to pursue any criminal charges.

18-13729:

Victim-female, 18 year old student. Suspect-male, 16 year old student. Victim told her counselor she was assaulted by Suspect, and worried she would be in trouble for being 18, while he was a minor. Victim and Suspect used to date, but were broken-up. During cross-country track practice, Suspect raped Victim using physical force.
During a home interview with Suspect and his parents, he denied running with Victim, or having sex. Victim's underwear was collected from the scene, and DNA evidence taken from Suspect. Charges were forwarded for possible prosecution.

Thank you,

Jenea Ashe

Agency Staff Services Analyst

Shasta County Sheriff's Office

300 Park Marina Circle

Redding, CA 96001

(530) 245-6020 Office

(530) 917-1605 Cell

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From: Annelise Pierce

Thank you so much for these summaries, Janae. I do not need the full reports. I so appreciate your time and work.

Annelise

From: Shasta County Sheriff

You're welcome, have a good weekend.

Jenea

530-917-1605

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