News coming in indicate that a 44-year-old jail teacher arrested in connection with the escape of three maximum-security inmates at a California lockup was to be released on Monday 1st February, Orange County Prosecutor Tony Rackauckas said in a news conference.
“At this time, there is insufficient evidence to charge her with any crime,” Rackauckas said of Nooshafarin Ravaghi.
She’s being released on her own recognizance, although required to turn in her passport until the investigation is complete, officials said.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department said last week that Ravaghi played a “significant role” in the jailbreak and accused her of providing the inmates with a printed photograph from Google Earth that would have shown an image the entire jail complex. Ravaghi had denied providing the inmates with tools that would have enabled
them to cut through their steel cell bars, the Sheriff’s Department said Thursday.
The Lake Forest, California, resident was arrested Thursday on charges of accessory to felony for allegedly aiding the inmates in
their prison break from the Orange County Central Men’s Jail, the Sheriff’s Department said.
Ravaghi worked as an English as a Second Language teacher at the Orange County Central Men’s Jail, police said. One of the inmates, 37-year-old Hossein Nayeri, took her class, and police described their relationship as “close” and “personal,” Lt. Jeff Hallock said
Investigators found letters Nayeri wrote to Ravaghi, but there isn’t any information that would determine the relationship was romantic,
“[It’s] not the kind of relationship you’d expect from a teacher and inmate in custody,” Hallock said. Nayeri speaks English, so police are curious about why he was taking the class, Hallock said. But it is not unusual for people who speak
English as a first language to take the class, the Sheriff’s Department said Thursday night.
Security clearance from July 2015 shows Ravaghi first entering the jail from where the inmates escaped, police said. Clearance to work
in the jail included a background check and a three-hour class on jail policy, which Ravaghi completed.
Had inmates requested any information from Ravaghi, she would been required to notify jail staff in accordance with jail policy, Hallock said.
Ravaghi also taught English as a Second Language classes at the Rancho Santiago Community College in Santa Ana, California,
police said. She describes herself as an adjunct professor on her LinkedIn page.
Police believe the inmates had both inside and outside help in their escape. The eldest of the three, 43-year-old Bac Tien Duong, was
arrested Friday on a street in Santa Ana, California around 11:45 a.m. local time after turning himself in, the Sheriff’s Department
The other escaped inmates, 20-year-old Jonathan Tieu and 37-year-old Hoseein Nayer, were apprehended Saturday morning after
officers in San Francisco’s Park District were alerted by a citizen to a “suspicious” person and car, the San Francisco Police Department