Police: No charges against Clovis Christian superintendent

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer

The superintendent of Clovis Christian School is not suspected of criminal wrongdoing in connection with the discovery and arrest of a fugitive living in his home.

Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller said an investigation was concluded Tuesday.

“A number of search warrants were executed for electronic media regarding (Steven) Schultze’s e-mail (and) after examining the contents of those communications it was determined that there was not evidence to support Mr. Schultze’s knowledge of a warrant that existed for Jerry Klinker,” Waller said.

“So based upon the lack of evidence, there will not be a charge filed for harboring a fugitive.”

Police said previously they were looking for evidence to determine if Schultze knowingly harbored a fugitive at his home, records show.

Schultze remains on paid administrative leave. School board members will convene for a special meeting Thursday to discuss the issue, Board President Ben Wright said.

“I personally would anticipate that we’ll reinstate him right away,” Wright said. “But that’s my personal opinion and that’s not my decision. The board needs to act on that.”

Schultze was placed on leave by the school after investigators with the Curry County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant for his computer at his office April 9 to determine if he knowingly harbored a fugitive.

According to the warrant, Schultze told investigators he was aware Klinker, whom he had allowed to live in his home, was being investigated for child molestation.

But Schultze told investigators he had no knowledge there was an arrest warrant for Klinker, records show, and did not know he was being sought by law enforcement.

Klinker, 40, was arrested April 8 by deputies from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office, acting on information from the U.S. Marshal’s Service, at 598 Curry Road L where he was living with Schultze.

Klinker was wanted in Missouri on charges of raping a child and receiving stolen property.

Schultze said he had been communicating with the alleged victim’s mother via e-mail.

Klinker’s two young children, also living in the home with Klinker and Schultze, were taken into custody by Children Youth and Family officials.

School officials previously said one of Klinker’s children was a student at the school.

Waller said the investigation was standard procedure, given the circumstances.

Wright said he has spoken with Schultze since learning of the conclusion of the investigation and Schultze said he was relieved at the news.

Efforts to reach Schultze were unsuccessful.

Serving about 250 students, Clovis Christian School was opened in 1994 and recently expanded to add a second campus for elementary students.

Schultze was hired last fall to replace Steve Medeiros, who moved to Arizona to enter into ministry.