Saturday, January 09, 2010

Bonnie Dumanis' strange relationship with school districts: Coach’s arraignment is canceled

Does Bonnie Dumanis jump the gun when one of her pals at local schools asks her to charge an employee, parent, or student? This is reminiscent of many cases, particularly the Josh Stepner case. I wondered about Dumanis and SDCOE lawyers in this post.

Coach’s arraignment is canceled
Sex-crime charges are under review
By Kristina Davis
Dana Littlefield
San Diego Union Tribune
January 9, 2010

SAN DIEGO COURTS — The arraignment of a 35-year-old soccer coach on sex-crime charges was canceled yesterday while the District Attorney’s Office reviews the case further, authorities said.

Robin Michael Alarcon had been scheduled to appear in San Diego Superior Court after he was accused of sending inappropriate text messages to a female student, but a spokesman with the District Attorney’s Office said prosecutors had not made a final decision as to what charges, if any, would be filed.

The spokesman, Steve Walker, said he expected Alarcon to be released from the County Jail yesterday.

Alarcon, who coached the girls freshman soccer team at Del Norte High School in 4S Ranch, was arrested Wednesday by San Diego police officers on suspicion of luring a minor for a sexual offense and sending harmful material to a minor with intent to seduce.

San Diego sex-crimes unit Lt. Rick O’Hanlon said Alarcon was accused of sending “very inappropriate” messages to the student Tuesday night. The coach was fired from his job after reports of the alleged behavior came to light.

The girl’s mother said she was disappointed that the arraignment was called off and hopes the delay will not affect her daughter’s credibility.

“To know he’s out with nothing holding him is kind of unsettling to her,” she said. “I’m certainly putting my faith in (the district attorney’s) capabilities, and they seem to be on it and anxious to deal with it. It’s a matter of making sure they do as thorough a job as they can, and I understand that.”

It is the policy of The San Diego Union-Tribune not to identify alleged victims of sexual abuse.

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