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Teen sex offender withdraws from California high school

KPSP
Yucca Valley High School
KPSP

(CBS/KPSP) - Registered sex offender Steven Holt is no longer enrolled at Yucca Valley High School.

It was the 18-year-old Holt who made the decision on Wednesday to withdraw, Superintendent Jim Majchrzak told CBS affiliate KPSP.

Holt registered for classes April 4, and protests reportedly followed from many Yucca Valley parents who questioned the decision to let a sex offender mingle with other high school students, KPSP reported.

According to a letter from the district sent home to parents, Holt was convicted in Wisconsin of sexually assaulting minors ranging from 15 to as young as 6, including at least one cognitively disabled minor.

Despite parental outrage, Holt was legally allowed to attend the school.

"Any person that has lawful business on school grounds or campus can be here if they are a sex offender. Steven Holt is a student here so he has lawful business here at the high school," said Cindy Bachman with the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department, according to KPSP.

Holt was to be accompanied by a school aid at all times while on school property, reports KPSP. Holt stopped attending classes after only a few days when his legal guardians became concerned for his safety.

Currently, the 18-year-old sex offender is not listed on any registration sites. He is considered a "no post," while the California Department of Justice reviews his case within the next 45-60 days,  according to Bachman.