Shasta High School Teacher arrested For Sexual Battery www.privateofficer.com
Troy Steven Leachman, a social science and modern world history teacher, was arrested on Monday and is scheduled to be arraigned on Jan. 21 in Shasta County Superior Court.
He is charged with two misdemeanor counts of sexual battery, as well as two related special circumstances that allege he annoyed or molested a minor, according to electronic Superior Court records.
Capt. Scott Mayberry of the Redding Police Department confirmed today that the criminal charges were filed against Leachman following an RPD investigation.
But he referred all questions about the case to the Shasta County district attorney’s office.
District Attorney Jerry Benito was out of the office today and unavailable for comment, and attempts to contact Leachman were unsuccessful.
Although specific details about the case could not be learned, electronic court records show that a $5,000 arrest warrant was issued for Leachman on Dec. 7.
Shasta Union High School District Superintendent Jim Cloney said today that Leachman has been placed on unpaid administrative leave.
In a letter he sent home to parents earlier this week, Cloney said the alleged acts do not involve any students who are currently in Leachman’s classes.
“We have been in ongoing communication with the Redding Police Department regarding this matter and will continue to work with the police throughout their investigation,” Cloney’s letter said.
He also reassured parents that Leachman, who was hired by the district in 2004 and has been at Shasta High School for three years following a stint at Foothill High School, will not be allowed at any of the district’s schools while students are present.
Leachman has also been prohibited from contacting students, parents and staff members, Cloney said.
A substitute teacher is filling in for Leachman.
Although Cloney invited parents with questions to contact him or Shasta High School Principal Milan Woollard, he noted that some of those questions may not be answered.
“Please be aware that since this is an ongoing criminal matter, we are not able to provide you with any more specific details about the actual incidents,” he wrote in his letter. “I cannot stress enough how important the safety and security of the students at Shasta High are to the entire staff of the Shasta Union High School District. We will continue to do everything possible to maintain a safe and secure school.”