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Oct. 25, 2015: Male Palo Alto High School student sexually assaults a then-15-year-old Menlo-Atherton High School student in a bathroom at a local church. The victim files a report with the Palo Alto Police Department in November. A restraining order was issued preventing any contact with the victim. (He is later convicted in juvenile court, placed on probation and given a three-year stay-away order from the victim.)
January 2016: The same male Paly student allegedly sexually assaults a non-PAUSD student at a house party in Redwood City, according to KTVU. Her mother reports the incident to the Palo Alto Police Department, according to KTVU. (The Weekly has been unable to confirm this information.)
On/Around Oct. 11, 2016: A female Paly freshman reports to school officials that the male student forced her to perform oral sex in a Paly bathroom. Palo Alto Police Department is notified and the mother says an emergency restraining order was issued and served on the boy in the presence of a Paly vice principal. (Superintendent Max McGee tells the Weekly on May 15, 2017, that Paly received the restraining order but that he was unaware of it at the time.)
December 2016: The federal Office for Civil Rights (OCR) submits a draft resolution agreement to the Palo Alto school district after completing its investigation into unrelated sexual harassment and violence incidents at Paly and Gunn over the preceding three years.
Dec. 22, 2016: Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Margaret Johnson finds that beyond a reasonable doubt, the male student committed oral copulation by force, violence, duress, menace or fear for the October 2015 church bathroom assault.
Jan. 18, 2017: Johnson signs a three-year restraining order prohibiting contact between the male student and the October 2015 victim.
Jan. 30, 2017: The PAUSD Uniform Compliant Procedure (UCP) log indicates the opening of a Title IX investigation at Paly, but it is unknown if it involved the Paly bathroom incident. (The log states "Memo to file" and marked closed on March 13.)
Jan. 31, 2017: A letter from the Juvenile Justice Department with this date is sent to PAUSD notifying the district that the male Paly student was convicted in juvenile court.
Feb. 28: School board unanimously approves resolution agreement with OCR pertaining to past sexual harassment and assault issues at Paly and Gunn.
March 2017: A third victim, not a PAUSD student, notifies the district that she was allegedly sexually assaulted by the same male student off campus at a January 2016 Redwood City party, according to KTVU. (The Weekly has been unable to verify this information.)
March 8: OCR releases its letter of findings, detailing the district's repeated failure to properly respond to and investigate reports of sexual misconduct over several years.
March 24: The church victim and her mother meet with Chief Student Services Officer Holly Wade to request the district open an investigation.
March 31: District UCP log shows the opening of a Title IX investigation at Paly. The Paly victim's mother has stated she is being asked to cooperate with the law firm conducting the investigation. No resolution has been noted.
May 10: KTVU airs its story.
May 11: McGee notifies OCR about the allegations, stating to the Weekly he doesn't know if other staff had notified the agency earlier.
May 16: School board holds special meeting to evaluate the performance of McGee, Paly Principal Kim Diorio and Chief Student Services Officer Holly Wade, also the district's Title IX coordinator. Board takes no personnel action, but decides to hire national law firm Cozen O'Connor to investigate district administrators' handling of the case and to aide in the superintendent's performance evaluation.
May 16: In a statement, an attorney for the male student says he will not complete the school year at Paly, and that the district attorney's office declined to file any charges against him "other than consensual underage sexual activity" for the incident that occurred at Paly in October 2016.