Sacramento police have arrested a 33-year-old man accused of engaging in sex with a student while working as a teacher at Inderkum High School in North Natomas.
Byron Wallace was booked into the Sacramento County jail on Friday on suspicion of sex acts with a minor.
Police received a report in May of a suspected sexual relationship between Wallace and a minor in her teens. The teen, now an adult, indicated that the intimate relationship began in 2014, according to a Police Department news release.
The investigation revealed that Wallace met the teen, who was a student at the time, while he was teaching at Inderkum High. Wallace’s LinkedIn profile indicates that he taught math at the high school.
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On Friday, Sacramento police detectives, in conjunction with the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, obtained a warrant for Wallace’s arrest. He was taken into custody later in the day at police headquarters.
The Natomas Unified School District, in a news release Friday afternoon, said Wallace was removed from classes in May and placed on administrative leave while the allegations against him were investigated. He remains on leave and has not taught in the district during the current school year.
Now that charges have been filed, the district will finalize its administrative investigation and proceed to terminate Wallace’s employment with the district, according to the news release.
The district issued a written statement saying, “Protection of students is paramount, and our teachers are notified each year about appropriate behavior around students. We cannot and will not tolerate inappropriate contact between a teacher and student.”
Investigators are asking anyone who may have been a victim of a crime involving Wallace to contact the Sacramento Police Department. Anyone with information pertaining to the case is asked to call the police dispatch center at 916-264-5471 or Crime Alert at 916-443-4357, or text a tip to 274637. Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.