By Robert Haugh
Santa Clara City Councilman and Santa Clara High teacher Dominic Caserta was accused by a former student and campaign worker of making sexual advances on her. She is a 19-year-old exchange student from Germany.
The story also reports that Caserta has had multiple sexual harassment allegations by other female students filed against him as a high school teacher for the last two decades. According to school records obtained by the site:
“In 2002, Santa Clara police Officer Brian Allen was twice summoned to Santa Clara High in response to allegations that Caserta sexually harassed students. “
The story already has had an impact on Caserta’s County Supervisorial campaign. Here’s what SanJoseInside reports:
“Despite Caserta’s documented history of demeaning women, the candidate holds himself out as a champion of the #MeToo movement. He was endorsed by Bay Area Women’s March co-organizer Jennie Richardson and Michele Dauber, who leads the campaign to recall Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, but the latter rescinded support upon reviewing the allegations on Tuesday morning.
‘These allegations are disturbing and deeply disappointing,’ Dauber tells San Jose Inside. ‘I and the rest of the Recall [Perksy] leadership feel personally betrayed. Our hearts go out to the students and young women who made these allegations … The point of the recall campaign is to say enough is enough. We need to hold these public officials accountable for misbehavior.’
Caserta’s attorney, John Mlnarik, has yet to provide comment.
This is a developing story and we’ll have updates. We’re interested to see what actions the Santa Unified School District and the Santa Clara City Council will take.