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Former nanny, school volunteer faces child molestation charges

Original post made on Jul 6, 2017

A former Palo Alto elementary school volunteer and nanny has been charged with two counts of felony lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14, a Santa Clara County prosecutor said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, July 6, 2017, 9:40 AM

Comments (13)

Posted by R. Winslow
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 6, 2017 at 10:12 am

It is oftentimes difficult to 'rehab' a sex-offender as the aberrational predispositions and tendencies run deep. A far more comprehensive vetting process on the part of the school district is paramount as a similar incident involving another 'elementary school tutor' occurred years earlier in PA.

As for Mr. Topou, he probably should remain incarcerated despite his charming personality and 'charisma'.


Posted by Murry
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 6, 2017 at 1:51 pm

I have no opinion one way or the other about this man's guilt, but how can ANYONE defend themselves against something that happened *23* years ago?! Where were YOU on the afternoon of May 17, 1993? Can anyone verify that?


Posted by parent
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 6, 2017 at 2:00 pm

@Murry - this is not one incident that happened on one specific day. The article says there were repeated sexual assaults with multiple victims over a 4 year period.


Posted by Stew Pid
a resident of Community Center
on Jul 6, 2017 at 3:13 pm

The accused may not remember where they were on the afternoon of May 17, 1993. But sharpened by trauma, the victim's recollection of what occurred is often burned deeply into their psyche in the most painful, specific way imaginable.

That's what the accused has to defend him or her self against.


Posted by john_alderman
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 6, 2017 at 10:36 pm

john_alderman is a registered user.

If you want to understand the roots of rape culture and victim blaming in Palo Alto, just look at this case.

Parents ask DA to drop charges
Web Link
"His life is in limbo based on one person's accusations. There are no victims in this case," said Marlene Saloner.

Child molest case raises fears
Web Link
"Some parents say they are frustrated because neither the police nor the the Palo Alto Unified School District has done enough to get the word out about the arrest. " Sound familiar???

Letters to the Editor
Web Link

Overcoming abuse
Web Link
Tanaka said she felt the backlash of speaking out: "For the rest of that kindergarten year I was constantly accosted by parents who thought he was wonderful, saying things to me at soccer games, such as, 'I don't know what your problem is with Tupou. He's so wonderful.'"
and
"Tupou's arrest was not announced by either the school district or the police department. Police Capt. Tom Merson told the Weekly at the time that no announcement was made because the investigating officers didn't think it would lead to identifying additional victims."




Posted by Sarah
a resident of South of Midtown
on Jul 6, 2017 at 11:09 pm

Bravo, sisters! Courage!


Posted by Pete Cockerell
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 6, 2017 at 11:40 pm

@john_alderman Wait, there's a rape culture in Palo Alto? Could you define that term please?


Posted by john_alderman
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 7, 2017 at 1:13 am

john_alderman is a registered user.

@Pete - Web Link


Posted by Keep Kids Safe
a resident of another community
on Jul 7, 2017 at 11:57 am

Please understand that when it comes to childhood sexual abuse, the pedophile is usually the most charismatic and most popular individual. No child wants to gravitate towards a jerk. That's why it easy for a community to rally around the pedophile and refuse to accept the fact that the victim is right. Keep Kids Safe supports the victims. www.KeepKidsSafe.org


Posted by R. Winslow
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 7, 2017 at 12:35 pm

>Please understand that when it comes to childhood sexual abuse, the pedophile is usually the most charismatic and most popular individual.

Probably explains why so many HS/college coaches get busted for these kinds of indiscretions.


Posted by Pete Cockerell
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 7, 2017 at 7:48 pm

@john_alderman So first you're conflating Palo Alto and Paly, and then you're using one of the most controversial and divisive stories ever published in Verde to bolster your "case". Better, I think, to make progress by educating boys (and girls, and adults) about what is and isn't acceptable behavior, and steer clear of emotive and alienating terms like "rape culture".


Posted by john_alderman
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 7, 2017 at 8:10 pm

john_alderman is a registered user.

@Pete Cockerell - What kind of rape curriculum do you suggest for Kindergarten?


Posted by @PAFreePress
a resident of another community
on Jul 11, 2017 at 6:36 pm

"according to the police report." These reports are exempt. Not sure why the Palo Alto Police Department would be at liberty to release such reports . Cal gov code 6254(f) 6254(k) Cal. Penal a code 13300


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