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Roseville teacher on leave for sexual harassment

By: Brody Fernandez Of Gold Country Media
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A Roseville teacher has been on unpaid administrative leave since early January for engaging in sexually harassing behavior with a teenage female student, according to Roseville Joint Union High School District officials.

Douglas Mason, 54, of Auburn was a health teacher and wrestling coach at Woodcreek High School before being moved to Oakmont High and Roseville High after several incident reports filed against him, according to a Sacramento Bee video. Mason had an extensive history of inappropriate behavior toward students dating back more than 20 years, according to the video’s documents.

Mason’s personnel documents, according to The Sacramento Bee, show that Mason had a pattern of inappropriate conduct, complaint and action – formal and informal - in 1997.

“Mr. Mason remains on unpaid leave. As requested, (The Press Tribune) will be mailed a copy of the records shared with the Sacramento Bee within 10 days of receipt of your CPRA request, which was dated Aug. 20, 2018,” Roseville Joint Union High School District Assistant Superintendent Brad Basham told The Press Tribune. “The records will be mailed to your attention at the Roseville Press Tribune.”

Basham emailed The Press Tribune a press release regarding Mason on Tuesday: “The safety and security of the district’s students and staff has always been a top priority. We strive to create an environment where students feel supported and protected in reporting incidents or situations that make them feel uncomfortable at school. Accordingly, the district takes complaints of sexual harassment seriously and investigates such allegations in accordance with legal requirements, which may also include referral to law enforcement when appropriate. We encourage anyone who feels they have been subjected to sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior to report it to a teacher, counselor, or administrator. With regard to Mr. Mason, on the advice of legal counsel, we must refrain at this time from commenting further regarding this ongoing personnel matter.”