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Registered sex offender arrested on Auburn school grounds

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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An Auburn man registered as a sex offender was arrested on Auburn Elementary School grounds Monday on a misdemeanor charge of being at the school without an administrator’s permission. Gabriel Elder, 38, was booked into Placer County jail the same day and released Tuesday after posting $3,000 bail. Elder was arrested at the end of the school day Monday after the Placer County Sheriff’s Office was alerted to his presence on the North Auburn school grounds before classes were out the previous Friday, spokeswoman Dena Erwin said Wednesday. An observant member of the public let a school employee know who he was and the school contacted the sheriff’s office, Erwin said. Detectives set up surveillance at the school, leading to Elder’s arrest, she said. Elder was convicted in 1992 of forcible rape of an adult woman, court records show. He’s scheduled to appear in Placer County superior court Dec. 14 on the new charge. Michele Schuetz, Auburn Union Elementary School District superintendent, said she wasn’t aware of the reasons behind Elder’s arrest but that school employees had asked the sheriff’s department for information in connection with the incident Friday. Registered sex offenders are required to have written permission from a school administrator to be on school grounds, Schuetz said. Officials from all Auburn Union schools have since discussed the law and board policy to alert people falling under the registered sex offender umbrella about it, she said. Elder has registered in Auburn as a sex offender, Erwin said.