Justice System

A trial readiness hearing in San Diego, scheduled for Monday morning, for Charles “Chuck” Hansen, 54, of Sulphur, has been postponed until next month.

According to Gerry Braun, Chief of Staff with the San Diego Office of City Attorney, the hearing will be at 8:45 a.m. Thursday, January 26, 2017.

Hansen pleaded not guilty to five misdemeanor charges, filed by two complainants, during an arraignment on October 19. His bail was set at $25,000 and that afternoon he was not listed as being in custody.

In regard to the first complainant, a 17-year-old female, Hansen faces one count each of annoying or molesting a person believed to be under the age of 17, willfully, lewdly, unlawfully exposing his person and the private parts thereof; and lewd, dissolute conduct in a public place or a place exposed to public view. Hansen faces one count of willfully, unlawfully exposing his person and one count of lewd dissolute conduct with regard to the second complainant.

Hansen was arrested on Friday, September 30, after the San Diego Police Department received a call from the 17-year-old victim that a man in a car had stopped her as she walked down a sidewalk. When she approached his vehicle, the victim alleged that Hansen was masturbating. She was able to provide officers with a description of Hansen and his vehicle. The SDPD stopped Hansen several blocks away from the scene of the incident and arrested him.

If Hansen is convicted and receives the maximum penalty he would face one year in jail and a $5,000 fine for the first victim and six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for the second.

He will also have to register as a sex offender for life under the California penal code.

Hansen has resigned his seat with the Calcasieu Parish School Board, on which he served for nearly three years. Prior to that, Hansen was alternately a school principal, coach, teacher, and special education teacher at schools in Iowa, DeQuincy and Sulphur.