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Police Not Recommending Criminal Charges Against Harding Principal Nuh Kimbwala

Investigation complete into allegation of misdemeanor, nonsexual child abuse

By Giana Magnoli, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @magnoli |

Santa Barbara police have concluded their investigation into Harding University Partnership School’s principal and forwarded the case to the District Attorney’s Office, spokesman Sgt. Riley Harwood said Thursday.

Nuh Kimbwala began work Aug. 6 at Harding University Partnership School. (Lara Cooper / Noozhawk file photo)
Nuh Kimbwala began work Aug. 6 at Harding University Partnership School. (Lara Cooper / Noozhawk file photo)

He said the Police Department is not recommending that any criminal charges be filed.

Principal Nuh Kimbwala, who is still on paid administrative leave, was investigated for an allegation of misdemeanor child abuse of a non-sexual nature.

The incident — which Harwood would not discuss in detail — was initially reported to Santa Barbara County Child Welfare Services, which then recommended that the school file a police report instead.

The investigation was handled by the Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons Unit, which interviewed involved parties and witnesses, Harwood said.

“We have not made any recommendations to the DA’s Office in regard to filing, but we have sent it over to them,” he said. “What we want is for the DA’s Office to review our investigation objectively and then make a decision as to whether they want to pursue a charge.”

Senior Deputy District Attorney Lee Carter said no decision has been made yet.

Kimbwala started work Aug. 6 after being unanimously recommended by an 11-member panel and approved by the Board of Education. He replaced well-loved leader Sally Kingston, who left for a job with the Carpinteria Unified School District.

Kimbwala previously worked as principal for Bloomington Middle School in the Colton Joint Unified School District for four years.

He was placed on leave for undisclosed reasons in mid-November, the same week the above incident allegedly occurred. Assistant Principal Vanesha Davis has been serving as principal in his absence.

Harding parents have expressed their concerns about Kimbwala to the district since the beginning of the school year, mostly related to communication issues.

A group of parents sent a letter to the district in October, particularly concerned that no Spanish-language interpreters were available for back-to-school nights and that school-related organizations had not been meeting with any regularity.

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» on 01.18.13 @ 11:22 AM

The article states ...“the Police Department is not recommending that any criminal charges be filed.”
then is says “We have not made any recommendations to the DA’s Office in regard to filing…”

This direct contradiction leaves the door open for prosecution without their substantiating an allegation.

After listening to the confident chief lie about statistical data last week, and last year watching the fiasco of his attempt at jumping ship, I really don’t trust the police in SB.

It seems the cops investigated Kimbwala for TWB -Teaching while black

» on 01.18.13 @ 03:15 PM

Peach:  I assume that you must have inside information to come up with that conclusion. Please present it so that it can be investigated and so readers know that you aren’t reacting the same way as many do when someone dares to question the actions and policies of our President.

» on 01.18.13 @ 10:03 PM

So?  Were the charges bogus?  Is this a Santa Barbara style lynch party?  I for one do not trust our Police Department or DA at all after the Kasi Beutel coverup.

» on 01.19.13 @ 12:12 AM

How is this a contradiction: “the Police Department is not recommending that any criminal charges be filed.”
then “We have not made any recommendations to the DA’s Office in regard to filing…”

Not recommending is the same thing as not making a recommendation!

Good decision. This sounded like a very minor, even stupid incident, not deserving of criminal charges. He’s had his career derailed by his stupidity. As for the parents’ concerns about interpreters, shouldn’t it be a given that public school communication be in English and that the parent(s) should provide their interpreter, if needed?

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