A man who once worked as a substitute teacher and coach with the Beaumont Unified School District was arrested last week on suspicion of committing lewd acts with a minor, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
Ryan Moreno, 26, of Baker in the High Desert, was arrested April 26 after deputies and detectives from the Crimes Against Children Detail responded to Baker Valley High School on a report that two teachers were sexually involved with two female students, age 15, from the school. Beaumont Unified School District Superintendent Barry Kayrell said Moreno worked for the district last year as a substitute teacher and coach, mainly at the high school. Kayrell said Moreno has has been terminated from the district’s substitute list. According to personnel staff at Banning Unified School District, Moreno was never employed in the district.
Moreno was arrested for lewd acts with a minor, sex with a minor under the age of 18 years involving a suspect who is at least 10 years older than the victim. He is being held at the West Valley Detention Center on $250,000 bail.
Investigators said because Moreno had worked in the Pass area they believe he may have had inappropriate social behavior with students in the community. Authorities did not know if he was born in the area or where he was employed.
“We received information from residents who recognized him from his time spent in the area,” said Arden Wilshire, Public Information Officer for the sheriff’s department. “All we know is that he spent at least a few years in the Banning/Beaumont area and was active in the community. That concerns us.”
The second teacher involved in the Baker incident, who had knowledge of the crime occurring, was not arrested, officials said. However, a child endangerment case against the individual is being submitted to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office for review.
Anyone with information about this case or any other incident regarding Moreno is asked to call Detective Steve Burgraff at (909) 387-3624.
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