Chowchilla Elementary School officials on Tuesday said a police officer accused of rape and of having sex with a minor will not return to work on campus “regardless of the investigation’s outcome.”
The letter from Superintendent Charles Martin regarding the arrest of Officer Tyler Hormel also said the allegations against the veteran police officer did not involve any Chowchilla Elementary students and did not take place on campus.
The 35-year-old officer was booked into the Madera County jail on Monday on one count of oral copulation with a minor, two counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child age 14 or 15, and four counts of forcible rape, according the Madera County Sheriff’s Office.
REGARDLESS OF THE INVESTIGATION’S OUTCOME, OFFICER HORMEL WILL NOT RETURN TO SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER DUTIES.
Superintendent Charles Martin in a letter to parents
According to booking records, Hormel remained in custody Tuesday. Bail is set at $700,000, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Hormel also has been placed on paid administrative leave from the Police Department.
In a letter sent out in English and Spanish on Tuesday, Martin told parents he had been informed by police that the claimed incident did not take place on campus and that it did not involve any students of Chowchilla elementary schools. “Regardless of the investigation’s outcome, Officer Hormel will not return to school resource officer duties,” the letter states.
Martin said police informed the district immediately after the arrest of the officer.
IN A LETTER SENT OUT IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH ON TUESDAY, MARTIN TOLD PARENTS HE HAD BEEN INFORMED BY POLICE THAT THE CLAIMED INCIDENT DID NOT TAKE PLACE ON CAMPUS AND THAT IT DID NOT INVOLVE ANY STUDENTS OF CHOWCHILLA ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS.
According to Merced Sun-Star archives, Hormel was assigned in August 2013 to be the campus resource officer for the Chowchilla Elementary School District. Chowchilla police Chief Dave Riviere said Hormel has been with the department for about 12 years.
The Sheriff’s Office is conducting the criminal investigation and the city Police Department is handling an internal personnel inquiry, deputies said.
Riviere said he could not release any further information until after the internal review was complete. “At this point, I really can’t go into specifics,” he said.
The Sheriff’s Office also remained tight-lipped about additional details. Lt. Bill Ward said the investigation revolves around one victim, but would not say whether deputies are seeking other possible victims. He also declined to release the gender or age of the victim.
|Chowchilla News Day
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