PASCO, Wash. - Two former Chiawana High School employees are accused of sexual misconduct for having sex with a student, according to the Pasco Police Department.
One of the men worked there as a paraeducator and the other worked as a security guard. Both are no longer employed by the Pasco School District.
They are each accused of having a “dating relationship” with a Chiawana student who was under 18 but over 16 while working at the school.
The two separate relationships included off-campus sex, police said, adding that it's illegal for a school employee meeting under certain conditions to have sex, even consensually, with a student under 18 years old.
The former security guard was identified as 34-year-old Darrell Thomas Palomo. He was booked into the Franklin County Jail on a 72-hour hold as police continue to investigate.
The former paraeducator was not arrested and his name has not been released.
Both men are facing charges of first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor.
In response to the allegations, the Pasco School District released the following statement:
Pasco School District recently notified law enforcement of a report that a district staff member may have had an inappropriate relationship with a student. We have been notified by Pasco Police that two former Chiawana High School staff members will now face criminal charges related to this report.
The former employees resigned from their positions with the District earlier this year, before the District had learned of the allegations. At this point, no other students have been identified or have come forward with additional information or allegations.
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 district employees. The safety of our students is the highest priority of both our school and district staff. The District will remain focused on providing its students with a supportive and safe learning environment throughout this process.
Due to the seriousness of the allegations, Pasco School District will not be providing any additional information at this time.
Anyone with information about these cases is urged to contact Detective Chris Caicedo at email@example.com.