California teacher allegedly hid missing teen for two years

A California elementary school teacher has been arrested for allegedly hiding a teenager — her son’s friend — for nearly two years after he disappeared from his home.

Holga Castillo Olivares, 61, a teacher at Alice Birney Waldorf-inspired K-8 School in Sacramento, was charged with restraining a minor with intent to conceal from a parent, a felony, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a misdemeanor, KCRA reported.

She was accused of hiding 17-year-old Michael Ramirez in her home since the teenager’s parents reported him missing on June 9, 2020, when he was 15, according to the outlet.

Ramirez finally returned to his home in Rancho Cordova on March 11, 2022, after he was last seen on May 18, 2020, police said.

Michael Ramirez, who disappeared for almost two years
Michael Ramirez, 17, went missing on May 18, 2020 and returned home on March 11, 2022.
KCRA
Missing person poster for Michael Ramirez
Teacher Holga Castillo Olivares, 61, is charged with detention of a minor with intent to conceal from a parent, a felony, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

His family said he had been staying at the home of a former friend whose mother is Olivares, according to the news outlet.

Katte Smith, the boy’s guardian, said he left home after an argument with his family.

“He felt the grass was greener on the other side,” Smith told KCRA. “We felt so deprived all that time with him. You can’t just hide someone else’s child and think it’s okay.”

parents of 17-year-old Michael Ramirez
The parents of 17-year-old Michael Ramirez, who allegedly left home after an argument.
KCRA

The Sacramento City Unified School District said the charges against Olivares, who was placed on administrative leave, “are for actions unrelated to the employee’s assigned duties.”
The teacher “was taken into custody at the school after students were dismissed for the day,” the district told KCRA.

Olivares is due in court on Monday.

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