A Johnston High School science teacher and boys soccer coach turned himself in Monday afternoon amid a sex abuse investigation, according to a news release from the Johnston Police Department.
Dustin James Mead, 33, turned himself in at the Polk County Jail and faces charges of third-degree sex abuse and sexual exploitation by a school employee.
The case involved multiple victims, Johnston police spokesman Lt. Tyler Tompkins said. The charges stem from an ongoing investigation by the Johnston Police Department that began Jan. 18.
The department confirmed in a news release Jan. 26 that it was investigating a school district faculty member “for a criminal allegation that was brought forth by school district officials.”
Mead has been on paid administrative leave since Jan. 18 due to the ongoing investigation, said Laura Sprague, school district spokeswoman, in a statement Tuesday morning. He remained listed on the district staff webpage Tuesday morning.
“It is the (school) district’s standard operating procedure to place an employee on paid leave during the course of an active investigation,” Sprague said. “The district continues to work in full cooperation with the Johnston Police Department. As this is a personnel matter, we cannot release further details related to the investigation.”
Tompkins also declined to release further information.
The investigation is ongoing, police said.