Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect the latest developments in the case.
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Battle Ground High School counselor facing a charge of second-degree assault of a child in Clark County Superior Court will have that charge referred to Battle Ground Municipal Court.
“The misdemeanor charging documents are in process” and will be filed as early as Tuesday, April 4, according to a city spokesperson.
Records in mid-March confirmed a Battle Ground High School counselor had been arrested and was facing a charge of second-degree assault of a child.
Battle Ground Public Schools told KOIN 6 News Dawn Pack was placed on administrative leave on Friday, March 17. They said multiple people notified the district about the arrest on the same day.
In an email to families, school officials said “the charge is not related to her work as a counselor.”
“We will soon reach out to families of the students assigned to Dawn to let them know which
counselor will help with forecasting and provide services for the remainder of the school year,” the district’s email stated. “I know that this is a difficult situation for our students, families and staff, and I ask for your patience and understanding. We will continue working to support our students during this transition.”
Pack was hired in August 2007 and all employees undergo required background checks, according to school officials.
Further details on the arrest or the charge are not yet clear.
According to court records, Pack made a preliminary appearance in court on Monday and was scheduled to be arraigned on April 3. However, KOIN 6 News learned that on Thursday, March 30, the charges were exonerated in Clark County Superior Court and then referred to Battle Ground Municipal Court, according to court documents.
KOIN 6 News is working to learn more information. Stay with us as the story develops.