Yamamoto remanded back into custody
The former teacher suspected of having a sexual relationship with a minor is back in jail following an increase in his bail to $500,000.
At a motion hearing Monday morning, Deputy District Attorney Stephanie Macumber explained to Judge Mark Curry that despite a restraining order obtained by the parents of one of Matthew Yamamoto’s alleged victims, the former Whitney High School physics teacher and the girl, referred to as Jane Doe 2, reportedly exchanged almost daily emails.
Yamamoto, 33, of Rocklin, was out on $100,000 bail following his Sept. 17 arrest after Rocklin police officers received information regarding an unlawful intimate relationship between the teacher and a juvenile student. He was arrested for child molestation and for arranging a meeting with a minor for purposes of committing a lewd act.
According to court records, Yamamoto now faces 11 counts, seven of which are felonies, for alleged crimes against two minor girls, including oral copulation with a minor, unlawful sexual intercourse, attempted unlawful sexual intercourse, communication with a minor with intent to commit an unlawful offense, meeting with a minor for the purpose of engaging in certain lewd and lascivious behavior and going to the meeting place, and dissuading a witness from reporting a crime, Yamamoto is also charged with four counts of child molestation
The District Attorney’s Office had requested a bail increase Nov. 6 following discovery of new evidence, including an alleged second victim and reported restraining order violations. Judge Angus Saint-Evens did not increase Yamamoto’s bail, but added the conditions that he have a monitoring device, that he have no access to the Internet, that he surrender his passport and not leave the United States or California and that he have no contact with any minors without a parent or guardian present. He is also to have no contact with the alleged victims. The matter of bail was continued until Yamamoto’s preliminary hearing. That date has been continued until January, but the motion was heard – and granted – Monday morning.
Since that motion was filed, Macumber said, despite a family law protective order obtained by Jane Doe 2’s parents, “There had been daily contact between the defendant and Jane Doe 2 via email” until the day before his arraignment. “I know this day and age it’s difficult, with technology being so available, to ensure that contact is not occurring … unfortunately, it was.”
Macumber told Curry that the emails were exchanged up until the day before Yamamoto’s arraignment and included the facts and circumstances of the case, particularly the plan that Jane Doe 2 would commit perjury at the preliminary hearing, “that she should not ‘come clean’ and tell the truth until he, the defendant, told her it was OK to do so.”
There was also a violation last Tuesday, when the preliminary hearing was continued, Macumber said, in which Jane Doe 2 said “hello” to Yamamoto in the hallway in front of the Roseville courtroom and Yamamoto responded by saying, ‘I love you and I’m sorry.’”
Macumber said the almost-daily contact between the two was doing “not only potential damage to the integrity of the ongoing investigation of the case, but surely having an emotional impact on Jane Doe 2. That simply cannot be ignored and cannot go without consequence.”
Yamamoto’s attorney, Shannon Baker, said her client was “up front about the fact that he violated the restraining order, so there’s not going to be an issue as far as that is concerned.”
Curry ordered that bail be increased to $500,000, saying that Yamamoto “blatantly violated the court order.” Yamamoto was remanded into custody, and will next appear in court at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14, in Department 32 for his preliminary hearing. Yamamoto was booked into the Placer County Jail at 12:50 p.m. Monday.
“They knew that they were violating the restraining order,” Macumber told Curry at the motion hearing. “This is a young girl who is very conflicted and confused, and frankly has strong feelings for him. So of course, when he’s telling her what to do and telling her he loves her, she was going to do it.”