Case Number: NPD 16-006995
Date/Time: 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 NVUSD academic years
Location: Napa High School
Charges: Various, see attached for details
Offenders: Various, see attached for details
Napa High School Assault Investigation – Update 03/07/17
NAPA, California – On 11/19/2016 the Napa Police Department was notified by a Napa Valley Unified School District (NVUSD) employee of an on-campus assault involving a Napa High School student. It was discovered the victim was a member of the Napa High School football team and there was a possibility of additional victims. (Refer to press releases dated 11/29/16 and 11/30/16 located at http://www.napapolice.com/. Based on the initial allegations a criminal investigation was started by the Napa Police Department and a separate administrative investigation was initiated by the Napa Valley Unified School District.
During the investigation, it was determined the assault was related to hazing incidents that occurred during the 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 NVUSD academic years, most specifically during the weeks leading up to the “Big Game”. Hazing is defined in the California Penal Code §245.6 as, “any method of initiation or preinitiation into a student organization or student body, whether or not the organization or body is officially recognized by an educational institution, which is likely to cause serious bodily injury to any former, current, or prospective student of any school, community college, college, university, or other educational institution in this state. The term “hazing” does not include customary athletic events or school-sanctioned events.” (Source and full text is available online at the California Legislative Information site http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/)
Due to the number of anticipated witness/victim/offender interviews, law enforcement investigators from the Napa Police Department, the Napa County Sheriff’s Office and the Napa County District Attorney’s Office were called upon for assistance. Investigators understood the sensitivity of this type of investigation and were mindful of the impact on the students, faculty and Napa community. As such, this information is being released in response to several inquiries for information, but with the understanding that teenagers are involved and laws and policies are in place to protect them and their identities.
Overall, approximately 150 adults and teenagers were interviewed. In total, 16 student victims were identified. Due to the ages of the victims and offenders, the names and personal information will not be released.
The Napa Police Department has submitted a criminal case to the Napa County District Attorney’s Office for review. As of today, a total of 15 offenders were identified. Of the 15, one was an adult football coach who allegedly failed to meet the proper mandated reporting requirements (11166(a) PC). The remaining 14 offenders were teenage boys ranging in age from 15 to 17 years old. The allegations range from hazing to other misdemeanor and felony violations.
MEDIA NOTES: For media school district inquiries, contact Napa Valley Unified School District Representative Elizabeth Emmett at 707-259-7525, X1. Media law enforcement inquiries can be referred to Napa Police Captain Jennifer Gonzales at 707-257-9546.
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