An alleged inappropriate relationship between a 17-year-old girl and a 44-year-old man has resulted in an arrest and criminal charges against a St. Helens High School (SHHS) teacher.
According to St. Helens Police Department (SHPD), at about 10 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, Kyle Jared Wroblewski was arrested and charged with official misconduct in the first degree, contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor and sexual abuse in the third degree. Wroblewski was booked into the Columbia County Jail and has posted bail.
Earlier in the day, the SHPD was alerted to some concerning behaviors and immediately launched an investigation, officials said. Once investigators established probable cause to believe that the crimes did occur, Wroblewski was arrested.
Wroblewski was arraigned on Thursday, May 3, where two more charges were added: an additional count of misconduct in the first degree and sexual abuse in the second degree.
Wroblewski was released on a conditional release agreement, according to court documents. Under the terms of the release, he must stay 500 feet from SHHS campus except if in transit, stay 1,000 feet away from Asbury Park, have no direct or indirect contact with minors except his two children and no unsupervised contact with other minors who are family members. He cannot go to schools, playgrounds or sporting events involving minor athletes, or have any direct or indirect contact with the alleged victim or her immediate family. Wroblweski must also stay 500 feet away from the alleged victim’s residence and cannot access social media, including Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram or Twitter.
Wroblewski is a Social Studies teacher and is listed under the teacher tab on the SHHS website as teaching U.S History, AP U.S. History and Anthropology.
Superintendent Scot Stockwell was not immediately available for comment. However, the St. Helens School District released a statement to parents and community members on Monday afternoon.
“We want to let you know that one of our staff members, Kyle Wroblewski, has been placed on leave as a result of criminal charges being filed against him Wednesday. Mr. Wroblewski taught social studies at St. Helens High School. The St. Helens School District’s first priority is the safety and well-being of our students and we do not tolerate any behaviors that place our students in danger. He will not be allowed on campus until our inquiry is complete,” the statement said.
SHPD Chief Moss said the investigation is ongoing, and according to the press release, it is likely that additional charges are forthcoming.
Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact SHPD Detective Dustin King at 503-397-1521.
This is an ongoing story and The Chronicle will update as more information becomes available.
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