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Crab feed battery suspect in court March 4

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POSTED February 11, 2014 7:12 p.m.
The Manteca High teacher arrested last month after a fight outside of a crab feed for a local elementary school will get his day in court. 
Sean Hogan – the 38-year-old educator and sophomore head football coach that ended up in handcuffs after an alleged dustup at the Nile Garden Community Club fundraiser at the MRPS Hall – is scheduled to appear before a judge in Manteca on March 4 to answer for a pair of misdemeanor battery charges. 
Because the charges were just recently filed, neither a time nor a department has been set in Hogan’s case. The other teacher that was arrested, 31-year-old Joshua Farris, was cited for public intoxication and released. He will not have to appear before a judge.
According to witnesses and statements made to the Manteca Police, the dustup occurred when Hogan sat down on a take-out bag that a woman had placed on the curb as the night was breaking up. The two had a disagreement. When her 63-year-old husband came to his wife’s defense, according to the report, Hogan rushed him. 
Witnesses then reported that the woman, who has asked not to be identified, was punched in the face by Hogan. He was restrained by bystanders and event security. He was taken into custody by Manteca police upon their arrival, arrested, booked and then released on his own recognizance. 
Because the matter happened while both teachers were on their own time and had nothing to do with the fulfillment of their professional responsibilities, the Manteca Unified School District had initially declined to comment outside of saying that they were looking into the matter further.
Manteca Unified Deputy Superintendent Clark Burke offered only a prepared statement after news of the incident became public, stating that the district has a series of steps that it needs to follow in order to determine whether the actions taken by an employee – either acting in accordance of their authority as an educator or not – approach the level requiring reprimand. 
Because Hogan doesn’t appear to be a danger to himself or the children he’s tasked with instructing, Burke said, the matter will now likely be referred to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, who will issue their report to the district once it is completed.  
The woman involved in the matter asked not to be identified, saying only that “he has the court system” now. 
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