The Del Norte County district attorney has filed charges against four individuals regarding child sexual abuse allegations dating from 2011 to 2019.
Two of those charged - Kathleen Mary Fuson, 60, and Katlin Janice Marie Nole, 43 - are employees of the Del Norte Unified School District, Fuson since February 2011 and Nole since January 2018.
Both were taken into custody Jan 17.
The alleged conduct was not related to their employment with the district and did not occur on district property, according to Del Norte Superintendent Jeff Harris.
Nole’s husband, Jody Nole, 49, and Edward Bert Steele, 48, are the other two individuals named in the case.
Jody Nole faces charges of suspicion of sexual intercourse or sodomy with a child 10 years old or younger, continuous sexual abuse of a child, and aggravated sexual assault of a child.
He is currently held in Pelican Bay State Prison, but appeared for arraignment along with Fuson and Katlin Nole on Jan 21.
Fuson was arrested after school at Pine Grove Elementary School, where she worked as a second-grade teacher.
Katlin Nole worked as a school district special-education instructional assistant and was taken into custody at Del Norte High School.
The district has placed both on administrative leave, according to Harris.
“The district is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all of our students. All of our staff get training about appropriate relationships with students. The district encourages staff to immediately report any misconduct,” Harris said.
Katlin Nole and Fuson face charges of suspicion of continuous sexual abuse of a child. Nole faces an additional charge of suspicion of sexual intercourse with a child 10 years old or younger.
Steele faces charges of suspicion of aggravated sexual assault of a minor, and kidnapping to commit sexual assault. He was not apprehended and his whereabouts are unknown, said District Attorney Katherine Micks.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with pertinent information is asked by the Del Norte District Attorney’s Office to call 707-464-7210.
Additionally, Harris encouraged anyone with concerns regarding sexual assault within the Del Norte Unified School District to call assistant superintendent Tom Kissinger at 707-460-0203.