The Kern High School District has assumed administrative oversight of the district's police department while its chief is being investigated for alleged illegal use of a criminal database system.
Dr. Bryon Schaefer announced in a statement on Friday that the district has initiated a series of steps amid the allegations.
Chief Joseph Lopeteguy was placed on administrative leave in May, less than a year after he took office.
READ FULL STATEMENT FROM KHSD SUPERINTENDENT DR. BRYON SCHAEFER:
I am aware of recent reports in the news media alleging illegal activity by Kern High School District employees related to the use of the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (CLETS).I take any and all allegations of illegal or inappropriate activity by KHSD employees very seriously. These allegations have been investigated by the Kern County Sheriff's Department and the district has been advised that further investigations may be conducted by additional law enforcement agencies. In addition, the District is retaining a neutral, third party investigator to perform an independent investigation into these allegations as well. Further, the District has contracted with an independent law enforcement consulting firm to provide analysis and assistance related to the operations of the KHSD police department.In light of these allegations and investigations, I have assumed the administrative oversight responsibilities of the KHSD Police Department. The limitations on what information can and cannot be disclosed to the public at this time is not an effort to avoid transparency, but are necessary steps to preserve the integrity of these extremely important investigations which will help determine what additional actions may be necessary in the future.I appreciate the public's patience and support as we work through these critical issues.Dr. Bryon SchaeferSuperintendentKern High School District