Grand jury indicts h.s. teacher accused of sex with studentPosted: Updated:
UPDATE: March 20
PHOENIX -- A grand jury has indicted a Valley high school teacher accused of having sex with a student.
Tom Krepelka, 46, is facing three counts of sexual conduct with a minor.
According to court paperwork, the former Shadow Mountain High School biology teacher and baseball coach allegedly had sexual contact with a 17-year-old female student in his truck at a Valley park.
While the sex reportedly was consensual, Krepelka faces a Class 2 Felony because of the victim's age and because he is a teacher.
Krepelka was place on administrative leave after his arrest. He could spend up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
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PHOENIX - Another Valley teacher is in jail accused of having sex with a student.
Biology teacher Tom Krepelka's in-school arrest is the talk of Shadow Mountain High. Emily Erickson, a student, explains, "He got dragged out of the classroom with two officers."
Students say the officers also seized his computer. A YouTube video shows Krepelka joking around with a class. He says in the video, "I like to teach because I like to mess with the minds of my future."
Erickson admits, "He's a well-liked teacher so it's surprising."
The 46-year-old teacher is accused of having consensual sex with a 17-year-old girl.
Court paperwork shows Krepelka allegedly had sexual contact with the student in his truck at a Valley park.
Victoria Polich, another student, says, "It's just disgusting."
Krepelka taught at Shadow Mountain for six years and also coached the school's baseball and golf teams.
Stacy Gregor, a parent, tells 3TV, "We're like huh?"
Gregor has known Krepelka for years and does not believe he would cross the line with a student. She admits, "That I honestly could tell you I couldn't see him doing."
Nevertheless, the reaction from Krepelka's estranged family was quite different when 3TV told his sons and daughter about their father's arrest. One of them said, "Oh, it's about (expletive) time. That's great news!" Krepelka's own family indicated he had it coming.
Phoenix police are hoping that if any other victims are out there, that they too come forward. The Paradise Valley School District sent a statement to 3TV saying the teacher has been placed on paid leave.
Police say Krepelka will likely face felony charges. His bail was set at $27,000.