NORTH SACRAMENTO – Twin Rivers Unified School District board member Cortez Ledon Quinn said he will take a 90-day leave of absence from the board following a closed-door meeting he had with fellow board members Thursday night.
Quinn was arrested along with an alleged accomplice for supposedly submitting “a false DNA sample” in a paternity test, prosecutors from the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office said in a complaint.
Quinn, 46, who has been charged with 13 felonies and five misdemeanors, was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail this week and was released the following day on $25,000 bail early morning.
An 18-page complaint by the D.A’s office says that Quinn and Andre Pearson, a laboratory technician for Comprehensive Medical Inc., are both charged with conspiracy to “obstruct justice” and “conceal evidence,” and preparing “false evidence” for a court proceeding involving a paternity suit against Quinn.
While on the TRUSD board, Quinn allegedly had a relationship with a TRUSD employee that resulted in pregnancy, and the birth of a son in December 2011.
From December 2010 to April 2011, the woman allegedly provided Quinn with gifts totaling $4,000, and loans totaling more than $50,000.
State law makes it illegal for an elected school board member to received loans from a district employee.
The alleged conspiracy action of Quinn and Pearson presumedly happened on April 4, 2012. Records showed that Pearson allegedly took swab samples from Quinn. The D.A.’s complaint says the DNA used for court proceedings is from a “third party.”
Quinn was charged with four felony counts of perjury, four counts of filing false documents, and five misdemeanor counts related to “improper receipt of loans and gifts,” the complaint says.
A TRUSD board member since 2007, Quinn is also charged with “offering fraudulent altered evidence” in a court proceedings and perjury, all felonies.
Pearson faces a maximum of three years of imprisonment for the felony offenses while Quinn faces up to 12 years imprisonment on the felony counts. Quinn could get an additional six months in the country jail for each misdemeanor.
Fellow TRUSD board member Bob Bastian of Area 4 said there is no need for the public to focus on the “negative things” that have been reported about Quinn’s personal issues. As far as his seat on the board, Bastian said Quinn has represented Area 5 (North Natomas and Robla communities) in a professional manner.
“Cortez has been an excellent board member,” Bastian told The OBSERVER in a telephone interview before Thursday night’s meeting with Quinn.
“He has been great with the schools and I’m sure he will continue to do so. But it is unfortunate that this is going on,” he added.
As of press time, the TRUSD board of trustees is still determining what direction it will take or what actions it would consider. Removing Quinn from his board seat is not an option, Bastian said.
“I don’t know what direction the board will go,” Bastian said.
“(Quinn) has a seat on the board and will maintain his seat. He cannot be removed because he was voted in by the people. He cannot be removed until this thing is resolved. Cortez is innocent until proven guilty,” board member Bastian said.
The board, however, may ask for Quinn to step down at its next board meeting later this month.
A court date for Quinn is scheduled for Nov. 13 at 10:30 a.m., in Department 8 of the Sacramento County Courthouse.