‘Inappropriate contact’ alleged at Newhall theater


A detective with the Special Victims Bureau of the Sheriff’s Department is investigating reports of inappropriate interaction between a child and an adult at a longtime local theater in Newhall, a sergeant told The Signal on Wednesday.

“We are investigating an incident that took place between two cast members of a play at the Canyon Theatre Guild,” Sgt. Brian Hudson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Special Victims Bureau said Wednesday.

“It involves an allegation of inappropriate contact between a juvenile victim and an adult suspect,” he said, noting no other information would be revealed about the case.

The mission of Special Victims Bureau is to investigate and protect children and adults from assaultive behavior, willful neglect, and emotional harm.

Reports of concern at the theater surfaced last week after the Saturday showing of “The Buddy Holly Story.” Following that performance, a shouting match reportedly ensued between two people at the theater, prompting a call to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

“My understanding there was no physical altercation,” TimBen Boydston, executive and artistic director of the theater told The Signal on Monday Jan. 29, when asked about the report from the previous Saturday.

“Someone called the Sheriff’s Department,” Boydston said. “I do not know exactly what happened.”

The local theater, which is in its 44th year of operation according to its website, performs 10 full-sale productions each season.

The current production, “The Buddy Holly Story,” plays until Feb. 24. Also showing at the theater on weekends is the “Snow Queen,” also until Feb. 24.

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