The pretrial conference for Mountain View High School athletic director David Hines has been postponed to 8 a.m. May 6 in Mesa Municipal Court.
Hines and Mountain View assistant principal Holly Williams face misdemeanor charges of failing to notify police of allegations a football player at the school forced a female classmate’s head into his crotch on Sept. 10 during a science class.
Judge James V. Emery rescheduled the conference after a request Monday from Hines’ attorney. Hines did not attend Monday’s hearing. Williams’ pretrial conference is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. April 30 before Judge Robin Allen.
Mesa Unified School District officials have said that Hines and Williams did not
report the incident to police because they classified the football player’s behavior as sexual harassment, not sexual abuse.
But Mesa prosecutor John Pombier said Monday that he is not interested in how school administrators choose to classify allegations that come to their attention. He said their duty is to notify police and let police decide how to proceed.
"No matter how you want to deal with that internally, you still have to report that to police," Pombier said.
The football player’s accuser went to Williams and Hines on Sept. 15 with her complaint. Pombier said a more stringent reporting law went into effect Sept. 18 in Arizona, and if the girl had gone to school officials after that date, Hines and Williams might have faced felony charges.