A former St. Helens High School teacher charged with an alleged inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old girl was arrested for a third time on Tuesday, Aug. 21, marking his second arrest within two weeks.
Kyle Jarred Wroblewski, 44, was first arrested on May 1 and charged with official misconduct in the first degree, contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor, and sexual abuse in the third degree.
On July 9, he was arraigned on an indictment in Columbia County Circuit Court that charged 32 counts of sexual abuse in the second degree and two counts of official misconduct in the second degree. He remained out of custody subject to a release agreement, pending the scheduling of a release hearing.
His second arrest came on Aug. 8 for violating his release agreement. Wroblewski was charged with two counts of contempt of court. At that time, the state filed a motion and order to revoke Wroblewski’s release, signed by Judge Cathleen Callahan. The order provided for “no bail.”
Columbia County District Attorney Jeff Auxier said the erstwhile teacher had violated his release agreement by trying to contact the 17-year-old victim.
“I believe that the defendant has committed new crimes while on release,” Auxier stated at the time in an affidavit filed to revoke Wroblewski’s release. “I further believe that the defendant has had prohibited contact with the victim while on release and has come within 500 ft. of the St. Helens High School campus in violation of his release agreement.”
Auxier also stated that he believed Wroblewski was a flight risk after his second arrest and said it remains one of his primary concerns.
Wroblewski was arraigned on Aug. 9 before Judge Jenefer Stenzel Grant, who did not release him on his own recognizance, but did set bail in the amount of $192,500 for one count and an additional $10,000 for the other. Grant also signed a release agreement adding additional conditions of release in the event Wroblewski did post bail, which he did on Aug. 10.
In the wake of Wroblewski’s second arrest, the St. Helens School District released a statement on Aug. 10 confirming that he was no longer a district employee. “He will not be returning in the fall,” officials said. “We understand that there are questions surrounding this case, but because this is a personnel matter, we are prevented from disclosing any additional details. As always, the safety and well-being of our students remains our chief priority.”
The most recent arrest sent the St. Helens Police Department (SHPD) to Wroblewski’s residence in the 400 block of 2nd Street with a warrant for contempt of court - once again, for a violation of his release agreement. The state filed new information alleging a single count of contempt of court.
“We got a court order to take him back into custody, so we went and got him and took him back to jail,” SHPD Chief Brian Greenway said, adding he did not know at this time where the investigation currently stands or how it is going to unfold.
Despite the presence of a battering ram, three SHPD officers and an SHPD detective at the scene, Greenway said they did not expect Wroblewski to resist arrest. He was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Columbia County Jail with bail set at $50,000.
After Wroblewski was escorted to the Columbia County Jail, officers remained on scene and were observed carrying bags of potential evidence from his residence.
Wroblewski was originally scheduled to appear before Judge Grant for a release hearing on Thursday, Aug. 23, but according to court documents, involved parties stipulated to cancelling the hearing to modify Wroblewski’s pre-trial release conditions.
He has yet to be arraigned, but according to court documents, on Aug. 21, Wroblewski signed and filed a document entitled “Waiver of Arraignment and Entry of Not Guilty Plea.” Judge Callahan set bail on the new case at $500,000.
As of Aug. 23, a new stipulated agreement was put in place agreeing to certain conditions related to Wroblewski’s release - most notably, with an increase in bail to $1 million. And additional $20,000 was added for two counts of contempt of court.
In the event Wroblewski posts bail, he will be subject to the conditions of the release agreement previously ordered by Judge Grant. In addition, he would report immediately to the pretrial release office in order to make arrangements to wear a GPS monitoring ankle bracelet.
Auxier said there is no future hearing scheduled as yet, but there could be one set in the future. “The matter is under investigation,” he said.