DEL NORTE DA: 2 TEACHERS ARRESTED IN CRESCENT CITY FOR CONTINUOUS CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
January 21, 2020
CRESCENT CITY, Calif. — Two women charged with child sexual abuse appeared in Del Norte County court Tuesday for an arraignment, according to District Attorney Katherine Micks. Both women are employees with the Del Norte Unified School District, according to Superintendent Jeff Harris.
On Jan. 17, 60-year-old Kathleen Mary Fuson was arrested in Crescent City by the DA's office with assistance from the Del Norte County Sheriff's Office. The same day, 43-year-old Katlin Janice Marie Nole was also arrested in Crescent City by the DA's Office with assistance from the Crescent City Police Department. Fuson and Nole are each charged with one count of the continuous sexual abuse of a child.
On Jan. 21, Fuson and Nole appeared before a judge for their arraignment. Pleas will be entered during a setting hearing scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 23 at 9 a.m., according to the DA.
According to Harris, Fuson is a second grade teacher at Pine Grove Elementary School. She has worked as a teacher since February of 2011. Nole is an instructional assistant at Del Norte High School and has worked for the school district for about two years, according to Harris.
Fuson and Nole are both on administrative leave and appropriate action will be taken as the case develops, Harris said.
Harris said none of the incidents that led to the arrests took place at any DNUSD schools. He also said the alleged crimes were not committed in the capacity of either person as an employee of the school and did not involve any students under their supervision.
Harris said the school district has contacted the families of Fuson's second grade students. Harris, his assistant superintendent, the director of human resources and counselors were available to meet with students and parents Tuesday morning.
Anyone with concerns is also welcome to call or stop by the superintendent's office, or reach out to their school's principal.
"The safety of children is our primary responsibility and goal when students are with us as part of their educational process," Harris said. "All of our staff are trained in child abuse reporting and we make sure we follow state law when it comes to notification of law enforcement, child welfare services or anything that has to do with the abuse of a child."
As of Tuesday evening, both were still in custody. Nole is being held on $1 million dollars bail, and Fuson is being held on $250,000 bail, according to the DNSO booking website.
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