A Sacramento teacher has been charged in the disappearance of a teenage boy whom she allegedly hid in her home for nearly two years and his outraged parents are demanding justice for the time she “robbed” from them.
Holga Castillo Olivares is charged with detention of a minor with intent to conceal from a parent, a felony punishable by up to one year in prison and a $1,000 fine, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and other misdemeanor charges, for reportedly stashing the teenage friend of her daughter in their home after he ran away, concealing him from his family and law enforcement.
Police allege that the 61-year-old teacher at the Alice Birney Waldorf-Inspired K-8 School in Sacramento hid 17-year-old Michael Ramirez from his grieving parents despite missing person’s reports being filed with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office on June 9, 2020, and pleas by the boy’s distraught family for his safe return.
According to Ramirez’s guardians, the 15-year-old boy left home on May 18, 2020, after they delivered consequences for poor decision-making.
“There were some restrictions because he broke some rules and he wasn’t happy about that and for him, you know, he ran away,” Ramirez’s aunt Katie Smith told KCRA. “He felt like the grass was greener on the other side.”
The Smiths reported Ramirez missing and police interviewed the teenager’s friends and acquaintances without result.
“Any parent out there that has a missing child, you think the worst,” Smith said. “You think the absolute worst.”
For two years the family lived with profound anxiety and fear, wondering what happened to their sixth child. Until March 2022 when Ramirez showed up on his guardians’ Rancho Cordova doorstep asking to come home.
“We just had this dog pile on him and lots of happy tears and just shock and awe,” Smith said.
Ramirez told his family that he had been staying at the home of a childhood girlfriend, Olivares’ daughter, whom police had questioned during their investigation. Olivares reportedly lied to police, claiming not to know the boy’s whereabouts.
“We felt so robbed of all this time with him,” Smith said. “You can’t just hide someone’s kid and think that’s OK. We are getting justice seeing that someone is being held accountable for doing the wrong thing.”
Olivares was reportedly arrested at her job as a second-grade teacher on Thursday, following the dismissal of students for the day.
She is ineligible for bail and is expected for arraignment Monday.
Detectives are asking anyone with information relating to this incident to contact the Rancho Cordova Police Department at 916-362-5115.
The Sacramento City Unified School District said the charges against Olivares, who was put on administrative leave pending a district investigation, “are for acts unrelated to the employee’s assigned duties.”
Olivares isn’t the only California teacher to come under fire recently for subverting parental rights. Two Spreckels Union School District teachers were accused of coaching a student into coming out as transgender behind the backs of the student’s parents and calling Child Protective Services when the parents objected.
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