Sara L. Strahm, 28, was arrested on Friday in connection with an incident involving a 17-year-old girl, said Sgt. Paul Thompson.
The investigation began a week ago when school officials notified police about an allegation of sexual misconduct against Strahm.
Police said Strahm had been in a relationship with the girl since this fall.
“The child seduction charge is based on the fact that the coach is in a position of trust because she was involved in a sexual relationship with a student under the age of 18,” Thompson said.
Strahm, a special education teacher at the school, is the varsity girls’ basketball coach.
School officials would not confirm if the girl involved was a student or a basketball player, but said Strahm had been placed on paid administrative leave.
Some parents said they were concerned by the allegations.
“A lot of these parents work a lot of hours, and a coach is like a second family,” said Joe Johnson. “When you get that trust and you break that, it’s really disturbing.”
Police urged anyone with more information to come forward.
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Police are also investigating the death of another man who was either thrown from a vehicle or hit by one.
Bounhom Manyvong, of Oakland, was shot about 7 p.m. Saturday at the AutoZone store, 10111 International Blvd., where he had worked for at least six years.
He worked for a security company that has a contract with the store, police said.
Sgt. Caesar Basa said today Manyvong was inside the store when he was confronted by at least two suspects and shot. He died at 8:08 p.m. Saturday at Highland Hospital.
Basa said police are not sure if the suspects were there to rob the store or for another reason.
Store employees were present but no one else was hurt.
Basa said a relative of Manyvong’s told police he was not supposed to be working at the store Saturday night but was called in when the scheduled guard was not able to for some reason.
Basa said police were told Manyvong has three children, including a son in the Air Force.
The killing was the city’s 106th homicide of the year. Last year at this time there were 118 homicides in Oakland.
Police are also investigating the circumstances surrounding the death Saturday afternoon of a 60-year-old Oakland man who was possibly hit by a car or thrown from the vehicle.
He was identified as James M. Brown of Oakland.
Brown, who police said was disabled because of various illnesses, was found suffering massive trauma about 1:27 p.m. Saturday in the street at the intersection of West MacArthur Boulevard and Telegraph Avenue.
He was taken to Highland Hospital where he died at 4:15 p.m. Saturday.
Sgt. John Parkinson said today that shortly before Brown was found he was summoned by a tenant to an apartment complex in the 500 block of Oakland Avenue that his brother manages. His brother was not there which was why Brown was called. The tenant said there was some kind of dispute at an apartment in the complex, Parkinson said.
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Joel Martinez, 32, was found guilty by a Superior Court jury Thursday of fourth-degree assault on Jessie Switzer, a courthouse security officer for the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office.
Switzer took Martinez into custody in July at Grandview Municipal Court, where the county also holds District Court hearings, after discovering that he had a warrant for his arrest.
The handcuffed Martinez became upset after a piece of paper dropped from his pocket, so he began walking away from Switzer despite orders to stop, according to charging documents.
Switzer then tried to take him to the ground, but his leg snapped near the ankle after he backed into a column during the tussle with Martinez.
Switzer held Martinez on the ground until other officers arrived.
Martinez was originally charged with second-degree assault or, as a lesser alternative, third-degree assault, a felony charge reserved for typically minor assaults on police and other officials.
Martinez would have faced up to 16 months in prison under the third-degree charge, deputy prosecutor Duane Knittle said.
The second-degree charge was complicated by the fact that Switzer said he likely wouldn’t have broken his leg if the column wasn’t there.
However, Judge Michael McCarthy agreed with a defense request to include the misdemeanor fourth-degree charge as another option for the jury.
Switzer remains on light duty, with another medical review scheduled in three months. He said Friday that the bones have not healed even after surgery to install a metal rod and several screws in his leg.
Martinez has a criminal history dating back to juvenile court, including several arrests for resisting or obstructing police.
By: Rick McCann
PRIVATE OFFICER NEWS NETWORK
A deadly week-end for private security officers has left two officers dead, one other shot and two more with stab wounds.
While all of the incidents occurred at different businesses and in different states, they all had the same underlying tones to the attacks; disregard for human life and senseless violence.
In the first reported incident, a security officer who stopped to question a suspicious trespasser at an apartment complex in Bridgeport CT. was stabbed repeatedly and left for dead. The officer is listed in serious condition.
At about the same time Friday, another security officer patrolling the parking lot of a grocery store in Dayton Ohio was shot and killed. Police say that 41 year old Orlyn Charlie Conklin died after a possible confrontation with unknown suspects.
In Chattanooga TN Friday, a security officer on foot patrol of a city property said a vehicle with several males drove up and began firing at him. Robert Underwood was shot and is listed in good condition. Police say there is no motive in this shooting.
On Saturday, Oakland California police were called to a deadly shooting at an Auto Zone store near the intersection of 101st Avenue and International Boulevard.
Police say two men entered the store just after 7:00 p.m and began arguing with a store security guard.
Moments later, the men pulled out a gun and shot the guard three times. Before fleeing from the scene, the men stole the security guards gun.
The guard was transported from the scene by ambulance to Eden hospital, but later succumbed to his injuries.
A representative from St. Moritz Security Services, Inc. says the victim was a man in is 50′s who had been working for the company for the past couple of years.
A loss prevention agent employed by Kohl’s attempted to stop a shoplifter and as he was walking the man back into the store, police say that the suspect pulled a knife and began stabbing the security officer without provocation. As the man fled, the security officer fell to the ground in serious condition.
The loss prevention agent is expected to survive his wounds police say.
A female security officer on duty at a Rockford IL. school tried to break up a fight and was assaulted by numerous students police say. The officer received broken teeth, bruises on her face and other injuries and was transported to an area hospital in good condition. The suspects have been arrested.
More than twenty other assaults on private security officers have been reported so far this week-end and a total tally should be available next week.