Former Foothill High student arrested for sexual battery, knife possession

Suspect allegedly grabbed female student during confrontation

Pleasanton police arrested a former Foothill High School student Monday afternoon for alleged sexual battery.

Officers apprehended 20-year-old Dong-Hoo Lee of Pleasanton at the school campus. Lee was arrested for sexual battery, possession of a knife on campus and providing false information to a police officer and was booked into Santa Rita Jail.

The arrest stemmed from an incident that took place around 12:45 p.m. when a female student reported to the office that an adult male had confronted her in the student parking lot. The man allegedly grabbed her buttocks and tore her shorts according to Lieutenant Brian Laurence of the Pleasanton Police Department.

The on-duty school resource officer, school staff and Pleasanton Police Department officers responded to the student parking lot, but the suspect had already fled. Further investigation identified Lee as the suspect.

Lee returned to Foothill High at about 3:15 p.m. and was located near the student parking lot by the school resource officer. Lee initially provided a false name, but was eventually arrested without incident. A search of Lee uncovered the knife, but there is no indication that he attempted to use the weapon against the female student.

The student was not injured during the incident, and it does not appear any other students were targeted.

Pleasanton police detectives will follow up on this investigation and attempt to identify the suspect's motive for confronting the female student.

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Posted by Sara
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Aug 23, 2016 at 7:07 pm

Foothill didn't lock down the campus. All they did was send an extraordinarily vague email to parents later in the evening. Thanks a lot for caring about students' safety, Foothill. The campus has such an open layout that he could have entered in any number of ways. What if he had come back earlier? What if he sneaked in through one of the various residential streets that end at the baseball fields? How could you have known FOR SURE where and when he was going to be? What if someone else was attacked? Thanks for taking a serious gamble with the safety of children. Really good job.

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Posted by Me Too
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 23, 2016 at 10:33 pm

Sara - what exactly are you expecting to have happen here? What if someone else comes tomorrow? Should be get the military to surround every school with personnel? How long should they have locked the school down for? A few hours? A few days? What is your plan?

It appears that the threat was dealt with properly as it ended without further incident. We could spend the rest of our lives dealing with "what ifs" in every situation.

It sounds like though you ahve good ideas, so I'm sure you will be joining the school board to implement your new safety and emergency plan.

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Posted by Wade Liggett
a resident of Val Vista
on Aug 23, 2016 at 10:47 pm

We have two children at Foothill. I think the School and police did pretty well in this matter. I agree the email the Principal sent out was a little vague and appeared to be self-serving.
I have been on the Foothill campus more than a few times (Including two times today) since our kids have been students, and each time saw plenty of security presence to suit me.
I know it is a strange world out there with lots of weird stuff an disturbed people.
At the same time, I choose not live in a police state with my kids barricaded inside a military-style patrolled, impenetrable compound.

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