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Community Pulse - September 2, 2016

Police bulletin

Child cruelty charges filed against worker at Livermore charter school

The Alameda County District Attorney's Office has filed misdemeanor assault and battery and child cruelty charges against a Livermore preparatory academy worker for allegedly physically abusing a foreign exchange student in January.

Prosecutors also charged the principal and vice principal of the Livermore Valley Charter Preparatory school with a misdemeanor charge of failure to report the alleged child abuse.

Livermore police Officer Cynthia Moore wrote in court documents that the assault and child cruelty charges are against 42-year-old Brock Van Wey of Livermore, who isn't employed by the charter school but works for California Preparatory Academies, which has been helping the charter school with its foreign exchange program.

Moore wrote that the incident occurred on Jan. 28, when the 14-year-old student was in an after-school tutoring session on the charter school's campus and Van Wey accused him of copying homework and "humiliated" him in front of others.

The student, named as John Doe in court documents, got upset and left the tutoring session and the campus.

Van Wey later found him behind a local grocery store and told him to get into his car but the student refused, according to Moore. Van Wey then "forcefully grabbed Doe by his arms, picked Doe up and held him in a cradle position," Moore wrote.

The student tried to get away but Van Wey's grip "was too tight, which restrained Doe's movements," Moore wrote. Van Wey next "began cussing and shoving Doe into the car head first," Moore wrote.

The student was then driven back to the school and eventually picked up by his guardian, according to Moore. The student suffered a laceration to his shin and complained of pain to his knees as a result of the incident, according to Moore.

Van Wey told the school's vice principal, 39-year-old Randy Taylor of Oakland, about the incident the next morning and Taylor told the school's principal, 37-year-old Eric Dillie of Livermore, the same morning, according to police.

However, Dillie and Taylor never contacted the student to ask about his welfare and never reported the alleged physical abuse to Child Protective Services or law enforcement even though they're mandatory reporters, Moore wrote.

An investigation by Livermore police revealed that "Dillie and Taylor laughed and joked about the abuse incident, discussed the incident with others and minimized what occurred," Moore wrote.

Dillie "provided several different inconsistent statements" to police during subsequent interviews but ultimately admitted that Taylor had told him about the incident the morning after it occurred, Moore wrote.

Officials at Tri-Valley Learning Corp., which runs the charter school, weren't immediately available for comment.

In other news

* A San Jose man led law enforcement on a high-speed pursuit through Pleasanton before ultimately being apprehended last week, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The incident began shortly after 11 p.m. on Aug. 22, when CHP officers attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle without license plates on Interstate 580 near Hacienda Drive.

The driver, later identified as 23-year-old Aaron Daniels, did not pull over and instead sped up to 110 mph on the freeway, according to CHP Officer Howard Walton.

The driver merged onto Interstate 680 southbound and then exited at Bernal Avenue, according to Walton. He continued onto Bernal eastbound before making a U-turn at Vineyard Avenue and heading back on Bernal, at which point he was driving up to 80 mph, running red lights and stop signs and passing drivers on the shoulder, according to Walton.

After getting back on Bernal Avenue, the driver allegedly made a right turn into a resident's driveway west of Vineyard Avenue, and while doing so, lost control of his car and sideswiped a car parked in the driveway.

The man then exited the vehicle and fled on foot, according to Walton. CHP officers, along with the Pleasanton Police Department and Alameda County Sheriff's Office, set up a perimeter and brought in a CHP helicopter to look for the fleeing driver.

After nearly a half-hour of searching, a Pleasanton police officer found Daniels hiding under bushes at a nearby residence, Walton said. Daniels was taken into custody without further incident.

Daniels had outstanding warrants and is facing charges of felony reckless evading, obstructing officer duties, driving on a suspended license and hit-and-run, according to Walton.

He was booked into Santa Rita Jail with bail set at $85,000.

* Pleasanton police are looking for a woman who allegedly purchased items from downtown businesses using counterfeit money.

The woman, described as in her 30s, shopped at at least seven downtown stores on the evening of Aug. 6, according to a police statement this week.

The woman allegedly used counterfeit $100 bills at these businesses to purchase small items and then pocketed the legitimate change she received. She has platinum blond hair and a butterfly tattoo on the right side of her back near her shoulder blade, according to police.

Anyone with information about these cases or the culprit can contact the Pleasanton Police Department at 931-5100 and reference case number 16-28523.

-- Pleasanton Weekly staff and Bay City News Service

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