Prosecutor says he will soon decide on senator's case
It won't be too long before city prosecutor Jay Cairns resolves the case involving Sen. Don Shooter (R-Yuma).
Cairns is still reviewing the case but hopes to soon decide whether to file charges against the state senator, Cairns said Tuesday.
He believes it won't take “much more additional time.”
According to the Associated Press, Shooter said his lawyer is negotiating with the city prosecutor to resolve a case where he confronted his grandson's teacher in a classroom.
However, Shooter told the Yuma Sun he's “not privy to what's going on. I stay out of it.”
He added, “It's in their hands. What can I do? I can't say anything, unfortunately. But at some point it will be resolved.”
His lawyer, Ed Novak, declined to discuss the specifics of the case because it's still under investigation, but he pointed out that no charges had been filed.
“I think it's inappropriate to discuss whether I have been or not been talking to Jay Cairns. There are no charges pending,” Novak said.
Cairns previously confirmed that he received a report from Yuma police asking his office to review accusations against Shooter for possible charges.
Shooter allegedly barged into his teenage grandson's classroom on March 22 and confronted the teacher, allegedly putting his finger in her face. However, he never touched the teacher or any students.
Yuma police recommended that four misdemeanor charges be filed against Shooter: assault, interference or disruption of an educational institution, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.
Cairns said he received the report April 19 and at the time expected to complete his review within 30 days, at which time he would determine whether any charges would be filed. He could also decline prosecution based upon the information in the report, send it back for more investigation or file charges different than the ones being recommended.
According to a police report, Shooter went to the Yuma Private Industry Council's EOC Charter High School, 3810 W. 16th St., at about 9:30 a.m. March 22 and insisted to a front desk employee that he be allowed to talk to his grandson's teacher.
The school employee told Shooter that the instructor was teaching and he would have to make an appointment, the police report states.
At that time, the phone rang and while the school employee was distracted, Shooter reportedly walked past the front desk, down the hallway and into the teacher's classroom.
Once in the classroom, he reportedly confronted the teacher, allegedly putting his finger in her face. Witnesses described Shooter as being “visibly angry.” The teacher reportedly started video recording with her phone and asked him to leave the class.
School officials then walked into the classroom and interrupted Shooter, telling him he had to leave. A student also stood up and asked him to leave.
Shooter allegedly left the classroom and followed one of the school officials to her office, where she reportedly calmed him down.
The senator indicated he was not happy with the instruction his grandson was receiving.
“He stated to me that the way she was teaching was not appropriate and his grandson deserved better,” according to a witness statement.
In a verbal statement conveyed to the Yuma Sun by an assistant, Shooter said he was concerned with “alleged bullying” of his grandson by the teacher.
Shooter's statement said: “Sen. Don Shooter, as a grandfather, went to his grandson's school to discuss several incidents of alleged bullying by a teacher. Since that time, he has spoken to the principal and both parties are working to help his grandson.”