Charges against the Lodi Middle School teacher who was placed under citizen's arrest by an administrator in December were dropped.
Jon Lapachet no longer faces an investigation by the District Attorney's office, according to Jeff Johnston, president of the Lodi Education Association. The court declined to follow up on battery allegations against Lapachet by vice principal Lurdes Rosales, with instructions not to resubmit the charges.
Rosales claimed Lapachet bumped her during a verbal confrontation in the school auditorium during a P.E. class. About 27 hours later, she placed him under citizen's arrest.
A hearing scheduled for Friday, Jan. 13 in the Lodi branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court was canceled.
"The Association is very pleased the DA found no merit in the case," said Johnston, adding that he thought the courts were an inappropriate avenue for teacher discipline. "The association would support a district decision to take leadership at Lodi Middle School in a different direction."
Staff at the school are very concerned that an administrator would choose to make a citizen's arrest instead of following district protocol, said Johnston.
Lapachet and his wife both confirmed the dropped charges, but did not comment further, as the incident is still under investigation by the Lodi Unified School District.
School board president Ron Heberle said the incident and the investigation will be discussed at tomorrow's board of trustees meeting.
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