In January 2010, Shane A. Vicars was arrested after a warrant search by the Sacramento County Sheriff Department Major Crimes Bureau. He was charged with 15 counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14.
Vicars worked at the San Juan Unified School District as an after-school instructor for the Discovery Club, located at Sierra Oaks Elementary School in Sacramento. His six male victims ranged in age from 7-10 years old and were participants in the after-school program. According to court documents, Vicars would have his victims reach into his pants pockets to search for and jiggle out his wallet, thereby subjecting the victims to touching his genitals.
Originally, Vicars was tried in 2012, but that court case ended in a mistrial. In 2013, he was retried and charged with 13 counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14 to two male victims instead. Despite his large crowd of community support, including 24 letters of support to the judge, Vicars was sentenced to 26 years in prison, plus various fines and fees.
Letters of support to a judge expressing how “good” a person is does not erase the irreparable damage that person caused to another individual. A person could have a good reputation in public but a dark side in private. Vicars damaged at least six children’s lives. Could there be more? The detectives believed there was a high probability of other victims as Vicars previously worked at Gold River’s Discovery Center Club Program and as a substitute child development assistant.
The California Teachers Commission revoked Vicars’ credential in 2018.
If you or a loved one may have been a participant in a program with Shane A. Vicars, please know you are not alone. We are here for you. The attorneys at Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard have helped many sexual assault victims hold their abusers and institutions that hired them accountable. Please call (408) 289-1417 for a free and confidential consultation.