Arraignment delayed in Camas High molestation case

first_imgAn arraignment hearing for a Camas High School custodian and assistant softball coach accused of inappropriately touching more than a dozen female students has been delayed for two weeks because the defendant has not yet retained an attorney. Clark County Superior Court Judge Robert Lewis also recused himself Friday because the man coached Lewis’ son.Robbyn D. Mattson, 58, of Camas is accused of walking through the school’s common areas as students were moving between class periods and fondling the buttocks of at least 17 female students.Mattson is now scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 13 on charges of five counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, eight counts of third-degree child molestation and four counts of fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation.Vancouver attorney Steven Thayer made a courtesy appearance on Mattson’s behalf Friday.“We’re trying to sort out the representation issue,” Thayer said. “That’s why I asked to set (the arraignment hearing) over.”Thayer said the case would likely be reassigned to Judge Scott Collier.Mattson has been out of jail on $10,000 bond since his first court appearance Dec. 22 but is prohibited by court order from having contact with his accusers or Camas High School.According to a court affidavit, video surveillance showed Mattson routinely leaving the custodian’s closet during the change in class periods, winding through a crowd of students and then returning to the custodian’s closet.last_img read more

Valley Opponents Gather To Fight Prop Two

first_imgA roster of prominent Republicans – both candidates and sitting legislators – showed up  Wednesday night in support of a Wasilla fundraiser for the anti- Proposition 2 group Big Marijuana, Big Mistake, although  campaign manager for the newly formed Matanuska Valley arm of the anti- marijuana initiative group, Eric Cordero, says  Big Marijuana, Big Mistake is non- partisan:“We are kicking off our MatSu fundraiser campaign here and just getting a lot of more volunteers in the MatSu area. This is going to happen in Fairbanks next week, and it’s going to happen also in Ketchikan in a next few weeks. So we are excited that more and more people are coming on board.” Cordero says national observers of events in Colorado and Washington are keeping a close eye on the impacts of legalization  since those states legalized marijuana.“And most of our supporters believe that there is absolutely no reason to rush. That we have a petri dish in Colorado and in Washington and we can see what has worked, what hasn’t worked. What are the pros and cons. “Mat Su Business Alliance director Crystal Nygard used the occasion to announce her organization’s stand on Prop 2:“And with all of the uncertainty around how they are going to regulate it, how they are going to tax it, and how businesses will be able to either take advantage of the opportunity or not, are not real clear. And we are in a state in Alaska where we don’t need to risk trying to learn new businesses.” Big Marijuana, Big Mistake’s Valley kickoff event was attended by some prominent Republicans, such as Senate candidate Bill Stoltze, Mat Su Borough mayor Larry DeVilbiss and Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan. Most of the Valley’s delegation to the state legislature made an appearance.Supporters of Proposition 2, working for the Marijuana Policy Project, say MMP is the largest organization in the country focused on ending marijuana prohibition. MMP spokeman Taylor Bickford, says MMP empowers local activists with tools needed to fight current marijuana policy.“I don’t think that Alaskans are particularly concerned with what politicians think about this issue. We’ve seen public opinion at the national level and here in Alaska as well, shift dramatically in favor of regulating marijuana like alcohol over the last ten years, and the political leadership and establishment has lagged behind that trend. “ Bickford says responsible adults “should be able to make reasonable decisions about how to live their lives without government intrusion and fear of prosecution.” Bickford says his group has support from all over the state, regardless of political affiliation. He says proposition 2 is on the ballot because 45 thousand Alaskans signed a petition asking for it. Voters will decide in November.last_img read more