January 31, 2016.
January 28, 2017 – An Oakdale High School special education teacher was cited and released on 3 misdemeanor charges after throwing a party where a high school boy was found passed out from drinking too much alcohol, San Joaquin County sheriff’s investigators reported on Monday.
Leandra Spence was cited and released Saturday night by San Joaquin County sheriff’s deputies on charges of child endangerment, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and another misdemeanor.
Spence hosted a birthday party Saturday at her home in Escalon for her boyfriend’s teenage daughter, who is a student at Oakdale High School. One boy at the party passed out and became unresponsive at Spence’s house after drinking alcohol. A friend at the party called the teen’s parents who drove to the home, according to the boy’s parents.
When the parents arrived, Spence and her boyfriend confronted them and were very argumentative. They took their son to the hospital where he was treated for “severe intoxication” and had several IVs inserted.
Spence was cited at her home and was never booked into jail. As a result of the citation, Spence will have to appear in court and the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office will review the charges for prosecution.
“The Oakdale Joint Unified School District has been informed about the allegations of a district employee hosting a party on January 28, 2017 where underage attendees at the party consumed alcohol,” an OJUSD press release stated on Jan 30. “The District has confirmed with authorities that the person in question is employed by the District, and we will be cooperating with the San Joaquin Sheriff’s Department in their investigation and conducting our own investigation.
“The employee has been placed on Administrative Leave. Other than these reported allegations, the District is unaware of any specific facts involving the reported incident. This is a personnel matter, therefore the District cannot comment further so as not to impede the investigations.”