Ex-Bakersfield teacher arrested on suspicion of contacting students for sexual activity

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – A former Bakersfield elementary school teacher was arrested in San Diego County for having had sexually descriptive conversations with former students in order to commit a sexual offense, according to police.

Kyle Puette, 37, was arrested Thursday at Valley Center, police said. He worked at Louise Sandrini Elementary School from 2013 to 2017 and is currently a 3rd and 5th grade teacher at Valley Center Elementary School.

The alleged crimes took place in Bakersfield and Puette is being transported here to be charged. Police said two victims have been identified.

Puette contacted the youth through social media and had “graphical and inappropriate” conversations via text and video messages, police said.

“The Bakersfield Police Department works closely with the Panama-Buena Vista School District and the authorities in San Diego County,” said a police press release. “This investigation is being conducted in conjunction with Bakersfield Police Department’s membership of the Central Valley Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.”

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the police at 661-327-7111.

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