School employee accused of sexting passed multiple background checks

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- KIMA is looking into the hiring scrutiny of a school employee accused of sending sexual text messages to a 17-year-old girl. It turns out 44-year-old, Miguel Osuna passed repeated background checks. The Yakima School District employee also volunteered at YPAL and once worked for the YMCA.

If Facebook is any indicator, Miguel Osuna has a passion for boxing. Photo after photo shows Osuna dressed for a match. Several show him with students at YPAL where he volunteered as a coach for years. It's also where police say he met a 17-year-old girl and began sexting her.

"When you hear about this, it shakes all of us," says YPAL Director Linda Kraft.

"We got no complaints," says Board President Ed Shoenbach. "We got no complaints to investigate"

When Kraft and Shoenbach got word of the arrest, they sprang into action.

"He will not be allowed to set foot on our premises or at any event," says Shoenbach.

Kraft tells us Osuna passed a background check when he was hired and passed another this year. A check is required every two years.

Osuna wasn't just a volunteer boxing coach at YPAL. He was also a substitute teacher's aide at Davis High School.

Assistant Superintendent Steve Cole says Osuna is on leave and isn't allowed on school grounds during the investigation. Regardless of what happens in the criminal matter, it may be too little too late.

"If we have a preponderance of evidence to determine he acted improperly, we would not allow someone like that to come back in, even if it didn't rise to the level of the judicial system finding him guilty," says Cole.

Cole tells Action news Osuna passed a background check for the district as well. That includes a check of criminal history, a check through Washington State Patrol and personal references.

Both YPAL and the district don't plan to change their policies. They say this incident just proves that behavior can be unpredictable.

Police don't think the girl involved is a student in the Yakima School District. Miguel Osuna's arraignment is scheduled for May 17th.