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Back to school sexual abuse safety tips from the law firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard

Record number of educators continue losing their teaching credential due to sex crime convictions, yet schools are not implementing proactive prevention training. With the month of August signaling the start of another school year, the San Jose law firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard is urging parents and school officials to be aware of teachers who exhibit predatory “red flag” behavior, which almost always precedes the sexual abuse of a student. “Sexual predators signal their intent to sexually abuse a student by slowly crossing the boundaries established to protect students,” said former San Jose police sergeant and sex crimes detective Mike Leininger. “The reality is that predators are not caught abusing children, but they can be caught breaking rules and crossing boundaries if educators and…

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Amy Emerald, Sonora High School

Sonora High School coach Amy Emerald facing sexual abuse charges

Amy Emerald, Sonora High School girls’ basketball coach is facing charges of sexually abusing a former 15-year-old student. The question remains, what did the school know about the coach, and what did they do to stop her?

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John Fickas

John Fickas facing sexual assault charges in Monterey County

John Fickas is charged with assaulting two victims, but according to law enforcement, there may be many more possible victims. Fickas served as a volunteer coach at North Salinas High School and Alvarez High School. He was also a former school board member and provided consulting services to many Salinas-area politicians.

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Paul Fielder

Paul Fielder, former Suisun City youth sports coach arrested for sexual abuse

Paul Fielder, former Suisun City sports coach and resident is facing 32 counts of sexual abuse of a child under 14 years old. Law enforcement authorities believe most of the alleged crimes took place in Contra Costa County between February 27, 2015 and July 11, 2019. Fielder was arrested on July 11, 2019 by Walnut Creek Police Detectives and Federal Agents when he arrived at a location to meet a minor to engage in sex acts. The investigation revealed Fielder had been sexually abusing a minor for several years. Who is Coach Paul Fielder? The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District told Sacramento television station FOX40 that Fielder was a campus monitor at Rodriguez High School in Fairfield in 2006 and 2007, as well as a basketball…

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Westmoor High School teacher Hector Vazquez is facing sexual abuse charges

Westmoor High School Spanish teacher Hector Vazquez is facing sexual abuse charges after being arrested for unlawful sexual intercourse with a student. It appears that the Jefferson Union High School District hired Vazquez in 2011 even though an internet search would most likely have turned up Vazquez’ prior history in the state of Wisconsin.

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coach jeremy anderson

Santa Clarita Valley swim coach Jeremy Anderson

Canyons Aquatic Club swim coach Jeremy Anderson may have died while in the custody of US Marshals in Costa Rica but for a number of his alleged sexual abuse victims, the long-term consequences of sexual abuse will live on forever. Learn more about how swimming organizations honored the coach and allowed him access to young kids.

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Olympian Conrad Mainwaring Arrested for Sexual Abuse

1976 Olympian Conrad Mainwaring is facing sexual abuse charges after a Los Angeles Police Department news release states that he allegedly sexually battered a male athlete “under the guise of physical therapy and mental focus training.” When arrested, he was operating as a private track coach in West Los Angeles. Among the athletes he coached is hurdler Felix Sanchez, who won gold at Athens in 2004 and London in 2012. ESPN said Felix is not one of Mainwaring’s accusers. An ESPN investigation into allegations against Mainwaring states that 31 different men, dating as far back as the 1970s and as recently as 2016, have named Mainwaring as their alleged predator. ESPN reports that of the thirty-one men, 16 agreed to be named and described Mainwaring using his…

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Sylvandale Middle School Junior Labsan Bitao

Sylvandale Middle School aide Junior Bitao facing sexual abuse charges

Junior Labsan Bitao, a teacher’s aide at the San Jose Sylvandale Middle School, is facing sexual abuse charges following his arrest for the alleged sexual molestation of two boys. San Jose Police identify the two students as 13 and 15 years of age. The SJPD report states that Bitao was arrested for “touching a person intimately against their will for sexual arousal.” According to the San Jose Mercury News, citing an arrest complaint, “Bitao is suspected of hugging the victims’ so tightly they could feel his genitals and holding his hand on top of their clothing for more than a few seconds after slapping their buttocks.” Junior Labsan Bitao’s LinkedIn profile states that he graduated from the University of Northern Philippines in 1996 with a…

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Status of Daniel Schafer Teaching Credential

Former Redding teacher Daniel Schafer sentenced to state prison for felony sex crimes

A 36-year-old teacher from Redding, CA has been sentenced to six years and four months in state prison for six counts involving the sexual abuse of a minor. The teacher, Daniel James Schafer, was initially charged in 2018 with 18 felony counts that included 11 counts of having unlawful sexual intercourse with a female student. The girl was one of his students at Anderson New Tech High School; Anderson is a small community of about 10,000 that’s just outside Redding. The allegations came to light when the girl told her school counselor about the relationship with Schafer. The Redding Record Searchlight reported that the relationship started when the student was 16 years old. They rendezvoused at Schafer’s home, on car trips and at the school.…

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