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By Miriam Raftery

October 6, 2009 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police are conducting an investigation into a Helix Charter High School assistant principal in a case involving a runaway female student.

“We hope to finish our investigation this week and forward to the District Attorney with a misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor,” La Mesa Police Lieutenant David Bond told East County Magazine.

The Sheriff’s office asked La Mesa Police to investigate after determining that the administrator may have contributed to the delinquency of the runaway teen. “So far, our investigation has not shown anything involving sexual relations, drugs or alcohol,” Bond disclosed.

Bond would not provide details nor disclose the administrator’s name or position, but did confirm that the investigation does not involve the school’s principal. Helix issued a statement today indicating that the school has placed a Grade Level Principal (GLP) on paid administrative leave pending further investigation by La Mesa Police and the school.

“Helix Administration has acted proactively in contacting the police to assist in an investigation of suspicion that the GLP possibly had mishandled a student runaway issue,” the school’s statement read. “Schools deal with student runaway issues on a regular basis. Helix Charter High School’s handling of such issues occurs, with rare exception, without incident.” The school pledged to work with authorities to help resolve any issues involving student safety.

The runaway has been found, however Bond said he was not aware if she is living with family or friends, or whether she has returned to school.

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