Officials said the boy — an 8th-grader — brought a .25-caliber, semi-automatic pistol and clip onto the campus of Pacific Grove Middle School Friday. He put the weapon in his locker and showed it off to several classmates.
Student Who Brought Gun To School Is Seaside Police Officer’s Son
A 13-year-old boy who is charged with bringing a gun to school in Pacific Grove is the son of a local police officer, according to investigators.
July 1, 2006
Former police officer pleads not guilty to gun charges
Larry Raussa is accused of keeping the gun after it was turned over to him from the Monterey police evidence locker to be lodged as evidence at the Seaside Police Department. The weapon was never turned in to Seaside police and was taken by a 13-year-old boy under Raussa’s care to Pacific Grove Middle School in January 2005.
The Monterey County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday that former Seaside police officer Larry Raussa, 62, pleaded guilty to one felony count of receiving stolen property.
Raussa, entered the felony plea with the understanding that Judge Terrance Duncan would reduce the charge to a misdemeanor when he is sentenced on Sept. 27 and that he will serve community service rather than a jail term.
September 28, 2006
Ex-officer receives probation
At sentencing, Judge Terrance Duncan granted a defense motion to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor and sentenced Raussa to three years probation and 200 hours of community service. Duncan said Raussa has suffered enough after losing his job in connection with the incident.
Raussa and his attorney, Mel Grimes, said the former police officer simply forgot that he had the gun. But Deputy District Attorney Andy Liu argued it was impossible because the gun had been altered from its original state. Liu asked the court to sentence Raussa to 90 days in jail in addition to probation and community service.