June 4, 2014 at 11:46 pm

Armada teacher accused of having sex with student, 13, in school closet

Mount Clemens — The Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office has charged an Armada schoolteacher with first-degree sexual misconduct for an alleged relationship with a 13-year-old female student.

Prosecuting Attorney Eric Smith on Wednesday announced he has charged eighth-grade teacher Robert Yaek, 25, with the following:

■ Three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with each count punishable by up to life in prison.

■ One count of distributing sexually explicit matter to children, a two-year felony.

■ Two counts of using a computer to commit a crime, a four-year-felony.

■ One count of possession of child sexually abusive material, a four-year-felony.

Police and prosecutors have accused Yaek of engaging in a series of sexual encounters with the female seventh-grade student between February and May.

The acts are said to have taken place in a closet adjacent to Yaek’s classroom and also at a rented house in Armada.

Yaek is also alleged to have sent a number of explicit photographs of himself to the student’s cellphone.

“We are obviously disappointed the situation has even occurred,” Armada School District Superintendent Michael Musary said Wednesday.

District officials were notified of the allegations on May 13, he said. They immediately removed Yaek from the classroom and contacted police. Two days later Yaek resigned.

“We didn’t have evidence, but we had allegations,” he said. “The allegations were very serious that we opted to involve our local police.”

Musary said he could not reveal who brought forth the allegations in what he described as a “whistle-blower situation.”

Yaek was a teacher in the district for three years, Musary said. A substitute teacher is filling in for the remainder of the school year.

In a release Wednesday Smith said: “Parents entrust their children to the care of teachers. We place our children’s lives in their hands every day. This man’s actions are an outrageous breach of that sacred trust. He must account for that breach under the law.”

Yaek is expected to be arraigned in 42-1 District Court in Romeo later this week.

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