A Grandview High School teacher has been arrested on suspicion of sexual exploitation of students.
Police say they began last month investigating Zachery J. Sybouts, 26, after the school district notified them of a possible inappropriate relationship between a teacher and student.
“During the course of the investigation, it was discovered that there was more than one victim,” Grandview police said in a news release.
Yakima County Superior Court Judge Richard Bartheld set his bail for $25,000 Thursday. His next hearing is scheduled for May 19.
Police have carried out search warrants to recover evidence, according to the news release.
Police say they are asking prosecutors to file charges of coercion, sexual exploitation of a minor; communication with a minor for immoral purposes; and possession of depictions of minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
The school district issued a statement this morning, but referred all questions to law enforcement.
The statement said the district received a report of inappropriate contact involving a teacher on April 30. The district reported the allegation to the police and placed the suspect, which it did not identify, on administrative leave.
“While we make no judgments of guilt at this time, if true, the allegations represent a breach of our trust and a disappointing departure from our standards for all district employees,” the statement said.