At the start of what would have been his fourth year with Banning Unified School District, recently promoted Dean of Students at Nicolet Middle School Charles Mayer has been placed on unpaid administrative leave following his arrest last Friday for attempting to solicit sex with what he thought was a 14-year-old boy.
“Upon receiving notice from law enforcement, Mayer was immediately placed on administrative leave,” the school district said in a statement. “Banning Unified School District is fully cooperating with law enforcement as it investigates and continues to gather evidence regarding this employee.”
According to the district, “No other district employees have been arrested or implicated, or are under investigation” related to the matter; and explained that Mayer “is prohibited from entering onto any district facility or school site pending the outcome of the law enforcement investigation.”
The district had no immediate knowledge that Mayer has had any inappropriate contact with students within Banning Unified School District.
According to the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department, Mayer, 55, of Menifee, initiated a conversation and started chatting on a site that involved an “unmonitored social media account on an unrelated investigation” with what Mayer presumed to be a 14 year-old boy.
The account is an undercover law enforcement account used by detectives for various investigations.
Detectives and Mayer chatted back and forth for five days, during which time Mayer sent nude pictures of himself to the decoy, and wanted the decoy to come back to his residence in Menifee for the weekend where they could engage in sexual acts.
Mayer made arrangements to meet the decoy at an agreed upon location in Rancho Cucamonga, where he could pick the decoy up to go back to his residence for the evening.
On Friday, Aug. 17 around 4:30 p.m., Mayer drove from Nicolet Middle School to the agreed meeting location where detectives were waiting. He was arrested and booked into the West Valley Detention Center and is being held in lieu of $1,000,000 bail.
Mayer had originally been hired to teach science at the middle school.
Superintendent Robert Guillen expressed disappointment in Mayer’s actions.
“He had been working really well with us,” Guillen said, noting that Mayer had filled in for a significant portion of last year to take on the role of vice president after the woman in that position had to leave school.
In a statement to the press, the district wants the public to know that it “takes allegations of sexual misconduct very seriously: in a situation such as this, the district and administration immediately responds and works closely with law enforcement to investigate. When allegations of sexual misconduct arise, the employee is immediately placed on administrative leave, or otherwise removed from having contact with students pending the results of the investigation.”
Rancho Cucamonga Police Department suspects that Mayer may have previously met with and engaged in acts with other teenage boys, and requests anyone with knowledge or possession of information pertinent to the investigation to call (909) 477-2800, or the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME.