Schools - January 30, 2008

WHS teacher assault: Teen faces gang allegations

A preliminary hearing for a San Mateo teen charged with punching a Woodside High School teacher in the face in November was continued Jan. 23 after the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office added a special allegation of gang affiliation.

Lamarr Timmons, 19, is being charged with felony assault after he allegedly punched the teacher in the face, knocking out two of his teeth. Mr. Timmons had been "acting aggressively and swearing at everyone who walked by," according to a Sheriff's Office report, and the teacher was trying to calm him down.

In court, Deputy District Attorney Josh Stauffer presented the defense with 271 pages of information relating to the new gang affiliation charges. Mr. Timmons is being represented by the private defender program, which requested that the preliminary hearing be postponed so the material could be reviewed.

Judge Stephen Hall granted the continuance and set a new preliminary hearing date for Feb. 8.

The incident occurred on Nov. 5 near the high school as the teacher was walking home shortly after school let out. The teacher's name is being withheld for his safety.

A two-month investigation involving numerous interviews with witnesses and cooperation from the Woodside High School community led to Mr. Timmons' arrest. He was already in custody at the Maguire Correctional Facility on unrelated charges when he was charged with the crime, according to sheriff's deputies. He is being held on $100,000 bail.

— Bay City News Service


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