The Tuolumne County District Attorney’s Office has filed misdemeanor charges of false imprisonment and battery of a person on school property against an 18-year-old Sonora man who was accused of striking a female employee at Sonora High School on March 15.

Jason Zachery Haddad, 18, was arrested by the Sonora Police Department at his home on Racetrack Road following an incident at Sonora High School, where he was accused of striking a female employee on the shoulder and chasing her into another classroom.

The employee sustained a minor injury.

Haddad was allowed to leave the school property by administrators. Police arrested him on suspicion of felony charges of battery on a school employee with injury and threatening a school employee, and misdemeanor charges battery of a person on school property.

“I charged what I thought was appropriate based on the conduct,” said Stephanie Novelli, deputy district attorney. “We’re not dropping or reducing anything. These are the crimes that he is actually charged with.”

Haddad was arraigned on March 16 where he pleaded not guilty.

Haddad is scheduled for a pre-trial conference on April 19.

Contact Giuseppe Ricapito at (209) 588-4526 or gricapito@uniondemocrat.com . Follow him on Twitter @gsepinsonora.


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