By Associated Press - Friday, January 17, 2014

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A substitute teacher who was removed from an elementary school classroom and arrested for unusual behavior had his cash bond set at $20,000 on Friday.

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office arrested Matthew Deryan, 46, without incident Thursday evening on suspicions of assault and unlawful imprisonment at Trent Elementary School.

Deryan appeared in Spokane County Superior Court, where cash bond of $20,000 was set.

Deryan has also been barred from returning to the East Valley school and from consuming alcohol. Spokane County Superior Court Judge Greg Sypolt said he was concerned that Deryan was in a position of trust when the alleged assaults occurred and noted that he was arrested for driving under the influence in Kootenai County last month.

The Spokesman-Review ( ) reported that Deryan was charged with four counts of fourth-degree assault and two counts of unlawful imprisonment.

According to court documents, students told police that Deryan smelled of alcohol. He allegedly shoved and grabbed several students and slapped one boy on the back of his hand, documents said. Students said one boy was shoved so hard that he launched into the air and slammed backward into a door.

Deryan was reportedly swearing in English and Spanish and locked the door to prevent students from leaving, court documents said. One student told police that she saw one boy try to escape the classroom by crawling between Deryan’s legs and he was kicked by Deryan, documents said. Police reported that one student had a red forearm and what appeared to be fingernail marks.

Court documents show that Deryan told police that the students were making everything up because they were upset about getting pink slips in another class.


Information from: The Spokesman-Review,

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