Former St. Helens High teacher pleads guilty to sexual abuse of student
A former St. Helens High school teacher facing multiple sex abuse charges stemming from an unlawful relationship with an underage teenage student pleaded guilty to those charges in Columbia County Circuit Court on Wednesday, July 10
Kyle Jarred Wroblewski, 45, pleaded guilty to five counts of second-degree sexual abuse in the plea deal, in which he also waived his right to a trial in exchange for a reduction in the number of charges.
Wroblewski, a social studies teacher at St. Helens High, was arrested in May 2018 after the St. Helens Police Department received a tip about him engaging in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old, who was later identified as a student.
He initially faced 32 counts of second-degree sexual abuse, two counts of official misconduct and one count of contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor. Wroblewski had an ongoing relationship with the teenager over a period of several months, according to court documents.
The plea agreement indicates that four of the five felony charges for which Wroblewski is guilty carry a presumptive sentence of 25 to 30 months, with a maximum sentence of five years in prison and two years of post-prison supervision. Each also carries a maximum fine of $125,000. One charge differs in that it carries a 19- to 24-month presumptive sentence.
During court proceedings Wednesday, Wroblewski acknowledged that he had engaged in a sexual relationship with a teen over the age of 16, but under the age of 18.
Columbia County Circuit Judge Ted Grove noted that the sentences could be consecutive and Wroblewski would be eligible for time served since his arrests.
After his initial arrest in May 2018, Wroblewski was conditionally released, but was then arrested twice in August for violating his release conditions by contacting the victim and coming within 500 of the school, court records show. He also faced charges of contempt of court.
For nearly a year, since August, Wroblewski has been in custody at the Columbia County Jail after Columbia County Circuit Court Judge Cathleen Callahan revoked his release terms. Grove ordered no bail to be set following the plea.
Wroblewski had been scheduled for a 12-person jury trial in early August. By pleading guilty now, the trial will not take place. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Aug. 19.