A longtime Marin County teacher has been arrested in a child molestation investigation, but not with the felony he was arrested for.
Robert Patrick Raines, who retired this summer as superintendent of the Shoreline Unified School District, is to appear in Marin County Superior Court on Aug.
67-year-old Rennes of Petaluma to book On 8 June on suspicion of obscene and lascivious acts against a child below 14 years of age. He was released on bail while prosecutors decided whether he would be charged.
The district attorney’s office filed the misdemeanor count after a five-week review. Under the language of the charge, the offense includes those who “unlawfully harass or molest” a child under the age of 18.
The criminal complaint identifies the alleged victim as a child below the age of 10 years.
“Mr. Raines awaits his full acquittal,” his defense attorney Charles Dresso said on Sunday. “He was arrested for a felony that he did not commit after a hasty and incomplete investigation. He is innocent of the misdemeanor recorded and denies all the charges against him.”
District Attorney Lori Frugoli declined to comment on the decision to charge.
According to the prosecution’s complaint, Rennes would have to register as a sex offender if convicted.
The investigation began on June 1 after the school district learned of the alleged conduct and reported it to the authorities. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating the case, released few details about the case and did not say where the crime allegedly took place.
A spokesman for the sheriff’s department said on Sunday that investigators had no further information to release.
Rennes, who began his career as a teacher in 1981 Retired In late June after five years in the Shoreline District.
Before joining the district, he spent eight years at the Alexander Valley Union School District in Healdsburg, where he served as superintendent and principal. He has also been principal at West Marin School, principal at Wright School in Santa Rosa, and superintendent and principal at Wilmer Union School District in Petaluma.