A cheer coach for Olympic High School was arrested Thursday and is facing charges of sexual misconduct with a minor, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.
25-year-old Tyson A. Ebert of Bremerton was arrested by detectives following an investigation into allegations of an “inappropriate sexual relationship” involving Ebert and a student. Ebert was booked into Kitsap County Jail with a bail of $50,000.
The investigation was requested by a school resource officer, documents say. School officials had received information concerning inappropriate contact between Ebert and a student. During the investigation sheriff’s detectives developed probable cause that Ebert had engaged in sexual activity with the student.
According to a KCSO certificate of probable cause, the student told Special Assault Unit interviewers that he and Ebert formed a friendship because he felt comfortable talking to him. He also stated that they became close and would often hang out, talk, and listen to music. The student also said that the friendship soon turned into flirting and they would send messages to one another, documents read.
The student allegedly stated he had been to Ebert’s house during times he didn’t feel safe and he would tell his parents he was staying at another friend’s house. He also told SAU interviewers that he and Ebert had engaged in sexual contact sometime in October, the certificate of probable cause states.
When Ebert spoke to a detective, he confirmed sexual text messages with the student and cited “a lack of judgment on his part,” according to the certificate of probable cause. Ebert then admitted to performing a sexual act on the student.
Central Kitsap School District has suspended Ebert from employment without pay, and school district administrators will recommend termination of his employment to the CKSD Board of Directors.
Anyone with information concerning possible additional criminal activity involving this investigation are requested to contact Detective Lt. Jon VanGesen at 360-337-7192, or Detective Dave Meyer at 360-337-5617.