Former teacher pleads guilty

Second agreement in Sybouts case accepted

— The case against a former Grandview High School physical education teacher and track coach charged with exploiting a minor, and three other charges, was concluded with a plea agreement Friday.

Zachary Joseph Sybouts, 28, entered a guilty plea for having inappropriate contact with a student.

Yakima County Superior Court Judge Richard Bartheld accepted the agreement in which Sybouts will have to register as a sex offender for 10 years, keeping him from serving as a teacher again.

Sybouts was charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, communicating with a minor for immoral purposes and possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. All but one of the charges were dropped.

His sentencing includes 30 days electronic home monitoring, a year probation and a loss of his voting and firearms rights. He also cannot contact the three girls involved.

An investigation started April 2016.

The investigation led police to three victims who were students at Grandview High School. They included two 16-year-olds and a girl who turned 18 when the case was investigated.

Documents show Sybouts was warned about contacting students via his personal cell phone.

He was accused of sending photos of his naked genitals and texting inappropriate messages to the girls.


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