Friday, February 17, 2012
A Logan math teacher accused of threatened a student has been cleared, according to New Haven spokesman Rick La Plante.
Logan Math teacher Robert Eppler was due in a Fremont courtroom this afternoon to face accusations that he made credible threats of physical harm against a student. Instead the District Attorney's office dropped the charges.
Eppler was arrested on campus Wednesday at 1:55 p.m. on charges of violating California Penal Code 422 f.
California Penal Code 422 PC defines the crime of "criminal threats" as when someone threatens to kill or physically harm someone and the person threatened is placed in a state of reasonably sustained fear for his safety or for the safety of his immediate family. The threat must be specific and unequivocal and communicated verbally, in writing or using an electronic device.
Eppler was placed on administrative leave following his arrest, according to school officials.
Bail was set at $50,000. The crime could have been charged either as a misdemeanor or a felony, at the district attorney's discretion.
Eppler could have faced up to one year in county jail if he had been convicted of misdemeanor. Those convicted of a felony face up to four years in state prison.
Eppler, 49, teaches Algebra 2 and Intro to Statistics at Logan..
A James Logan Courier staff member overheard the conversation between Union City Police and the allegedly threatened student. The student said that Eppler threatened him verbally.
Other students of Eppler say that often makes joking threats, and that they didn't take them seriously.