Interactions with minors lead to charges against school custodian
Charges have been filed against a 62-year-old custodian at Uncharted Shores Academy after he allegedly engaged in conversations of a sexual nature with two underage girls earlier this year.
The Del Norte District Attorney’s office charged Paul Harold Reyman, who also owns the Silly Suzie’s ice cream truck, with two counts of willfully and unlawfully annoying or molesting a child under the age of 18, a crime punishable by a fine up to $5,000 and up to a year in jail. According to the DA’s office, charges were filed on June 12 after law enforcement received complaints from the two victims, aged 16 and 11. Reyman’s arraignment is scheduled for July 8.
Margie Rouge, director of Uncharted Shores Academy, confirmed that Reyman had worked as a custodian at the school for many years but said he no longer works there. School representatives hadn’t heard of any charges filed against Reyman and hadn’t been contacted by the police, Rouge said Monday.
“We had a report of something that happened off-campus to another student of another school not involving us at all,” she said. “We did put him on administrative leave and did our due diligence and contacted our lawyer and followed our lawyer’s advice. All I can say is he’s no longer with us.”
Del Norte County Superintendent of Schools Don Olson, who is also the Del Norte County Unified School District superintendent, said Reyman would park his ice cream truck on private property near Del Norte High School but wasn’t allowed on district property.
He said law enforcement notified district officials three weeks ago of their concerns regarding Reyman and their intentions to arrest him. Olson said he also spoke with Uncharted Shores Academy representatives when he heard that Reyman was employed there.
“I advised them if that person was working for me he would be placed on administrative leave and removed from the children,” Olson said. “From what I learned from law enforcement, I strongly advised that they do that.”
Even though Uncharted Shores Academy is an independent charter school not connected with the school district, Olson said as County Superintendent of Schools, he has the ability to “step in” if he deems a situation is unsafe for students.