MALHEUR COUNTY-- Monday, Nyssa Police arrested 45-year-old Jaime Hernandez after an investigation into sexual abuse.
Nyssa Chief of Police Raymond Rau said after an investigation that started back in the fall, his officers filed the case with the Malheur County District Attorney’s office.
Rau said Hernandez was arrested on school grounds at the gymnasium; there he was with other student and parents at “open gym.”
“I went down there and I contacted him, brought him outside, advised him of the warrant arrested him and took him to the jail,” said Chief Rau.
Hernandez was booked into jail on sexual abuse in the second degree, a felony and sexual abuse in the third degree a misdemeanor.
According to indictment papers, the alleged abuse happened between January of 2009 and January of 2010.
Rau says the charge is a felony because the case involves someone under the age of 18.
“It came to me that we had an investigation that needed to be done involving sex abuse--it was an adult with a minor female,” said Chief Rau.
Nyssa School Superintendent Janine Weeks confirmed to KTVB, Hernandez was a volunteer at the school.
“Most recently last spring,” she said.
According to Weeks, Hernandez helped with the softball team, and was brought in by the head coach.
“He is not paid, he is not a coach is he not considered an employee of the district,” said Weeks.
According to Weeks, all school volunteers undergo a background check before helping out with school activities, and Chief Rau said Hernandez has no prior criminal history.
“We really try to make sure that the people that we have working with our kids whether they are volunteer or paid, are people who are going to be safe,” said Weeks.
The Malheur County District Attorney's office is not releasing whether the victim is a student at Nyssa School or a member of the softball team. Officials also can't say if the abuse happened on school property.
Hernandez bonded out of jail already.