Chardon tutor accused of inappropriate relationship with student appears in court

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CHARDON, Ohio-- A Chardon Local School District employee faced a judge Wednesday morning.

Ty Merkle, a part-time tutor and coach, was arrested at Chardon High School on Tuesday. He's is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student and charged with sexual battery, which is a third-degree felony.

The judge set his bond at $50,000.

School officials said he is on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the case. In a statement on Tuesday, the district said it has, "No tolerance for any behaviors that put our students at risk."

Merkle passed a background check when he was hired in 2012.

While the Geauga County Sheriff's Office does not know if there are more victims, they are asking anyone involved to come forward.

Chardon High School