FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
During the month of June 2015, the Novato Police Department began an investigation into an
alleged sexual relationship between Steven Deschler, a track and field coach at Novato High
School, and a recent 17 year old female graduate from Novato High School. The mother of the
victim found evidence on the victim’s phone of a sexual relationship between her daughter and
Mr. Deschler. The mother then contacted authorities at the Novato Police Department. After
learning the sexual acts occurred in the jurisdiction of the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, the
investigation was turned over to the Sheriff’s Office.
During the course of the investigation, it was determined that Mr. Deschler and the victim have
known each other for about four years and their sexual relationship started in April of 2015. On
July 2, 2015 at about 11:25PM, Mr. Deschler was taken into custody at the Oakland International
Airport as he departed an airplane on a return flight from Hawaii. Detectives served search
warrants at Mr. Deschler’s residence in Novato, Ca and at the Novato High School. Also, an
emergency protective order was granted by a judge and served on Mr. Deschler protecting the
victim from any further contact from Mr. Deschler.
Mr. Steven Deschler, 64 years old, was booked into the Marin County Jail on the listed charges
and his bail was set $100,000:
- 288a PC - oral copulation with a minor
289h PC - sexual penetration of a minor
288.3 PC - communicating with a minor with intent to commit a specified sex offense
- 288.4(b) PC - arranging a meeting and then meeting with a minor for the purpose of engaging in lewd and lascivious conduct
At this time, the Sheriff’s Office is not aware of any other potential victims. Anyone with
information regarding this case or those who believe they may be a victim are encouraged to call
the Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division at 415-473-7265.
Persons wishing to give crime tips are encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 415-473-7265.
To remain anonymous and possibly become eligible for a cash reward call Bay Area Crime
Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.
**MARIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE PIO LIEUTENANT DOUG PITTMAN WILL BE
HOLDING A PRESS CONFERENCE FOR THOSE INTERESTED MEDIA OUTLETS ON
FRIDAY JULY 3, 2015 AT 11:00am AT THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS
FACILITY- 1600 LOS GAMOS DRIVE SUITE 200 SAN RAFAEL CA 94903**