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DA declines to prosecute teacher in sex assault case

Prosecutors declined to press charges in a sexual-assault case against a first-grade teacher at Theuerkauf Elementary School, citing concerns about "insufficient evidence."

The teacher, identified as Santa Clara resident Bryan Rios, was arrested in late November on charges of forced sodomy and oral copulation against several women he knew. Early last month, officials at the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office declined to prosecute Rios.

The case against Rios is ongoing, said Capt. Wahid Kazem of the Santa Clara Police Department, which is leading the investigation. Last month, the department publicly urged any other potential victims to come forward and speak with investigators.

"We have plenty of time under the statute of limitations," Kazem said. "We'll follow the steps and keep investigating the case."

The Mountain View Whisman School District is conducting its own investigation, said Superintendant Ayinde Rudolph. The school district placed Rios on administrative leave in early November, which remains in effect.

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DA declines to prosecute teacher in sex assault case

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Uploaded: Thu, Jan 25, 2018, 11:48 am

Prosecutors declined to press charges in a sexual-assault case against a first-grade teacher at Theuerkauf Elementary School, citing concerns about "insufficient evidence."

The teacher, identified as Santa Clara resident Bryan Rios, was arrested in late November on charges of forced sodomy and oral copulation against several women he knew. Early last month, officials at the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office declined to prosecute Rios.

The case against Rios is ongoing, said Capt. Wahid Kazem of the Santa Clara Police Department, which is leading the investigation. Last month, the department publicly urged any other potential victims to come forward and speak with investigators.

"We have plenty of time under the statute of limitations," Kazem said. "We'll follow the steps and keep investigating the case."

The Mountain View Whisman School District is conducting its own investigation, said Superintendant Ayinde Rudolph. The school district placed Rios on administrative leave in early November, which remains in effect.

Comments

Paul
Cuesta Park
on Jan 25, 2018 at 12:47 pm
Paul, Cuesta Park
on Jan 25, 2018 at 12:47 pm
12 people like this

Men need to do better. Web Link


Tom
Registered user
Sylvan Park
on Jan 25, 2018 at 12:57 pm
Tom, Sylvan Park
Registered user
on Jan 25, 2018 at 12:57 pm
7 people like this

Administrative leave with or without pay?


Robyn
another community
on Jan 25, 2018 at 3:31 pm
Robyn, another community
on Jan 25, 2018 at 3:31 pm
25 people like this

Why publish this man's name? Nothing has been filed in court. Apparently, there is only a deficient police report. Why not name the accusers, too, to be fair?
Whatever happened to innocent unless and until proven guilty?


Jonathan
Gemello
on Jan 25, 2018 at 4:22 pm
Jonathan, Gemello
on Jan 25, 2018 at 4:22 pm
18 people like this

The Mountain View Voice publishes mug shots of criminals who the polic have arrested. This has been normal for years now. Are you suggesting that criminals who have been arrested for assaulting women get special protection? Shameful.


@ Robyn
North Whisman
on Jan 25, 2018 at 5:49 pm
@ Robyn, North Whisman
on Jan 25, 2018 at 5:49 pm
22 people like this

Name the accusers?

I don't see THAT as fair:

The accused gets named in the paper.

They got assaulted, and then they get named in the paper.
And then there is the nightmares, the fear, the shame they feel, isolation,
depression, etc. They have to talk to investigators and relive the whole thing
to a stranger, telling them very personal things, which is embarrassing at the
least, but can also be very traumatic.

And, by the way, then they get that person who will say, "What if the accuser
is making it up?" I HOPE that is not what you are thinking! Have you read
anything behind the #MeToo movement...all those women are not making it up.


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