A 30-year-old Heritage High School band teacher made his first court appearance Monday in connection with allegations he had a "romantic and sexual" relationship with a 17-year-old student.
Tyler James Benedict of Ridgefield had bail set at $20,000 at a brief hearing. He is to return to Clark County Superior Court for arraignment on Aug. 6. He is accused of two counts of first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor.
Court documents say the defendant lives with his wife in Ridgefield. The lead band teacher at Heritage, he has been employed by Evergreen Public Schools there for three years.
According to sheriff’s investigators, the girl’s parents discovered inappropriate text and computer messages between their daughter and Benedict. On questioning, the girl told detectives the relationship “became romantic and sexual.”
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Benedict made a similar statement to detectives, according to court documents and was arrested Saturday.