Yakima volunteer accused of sending sexually explicit texts to teen

Yakima volunteer accused of sending sexually explicit texts to teen
YAKIMA, Wash. -- Miguel Ernesto Osuna, 44, is accused of sending sexually explicit text messages to a 17-year-old girl. He was a volunteer boxing coach for Yakima Police Athletic League (YPAL) and employed by the Yakima School District.

Yakima Police tell us Osuna met the 17-year-old through the boxing program at YPAL, however she has not participated in several months.

Osuna was arrested Wednesday and held overnight in the Yakima County jail. He posted bail of $15,000 and was released. Osuna's arraignment will be May 17.

Yakima Police Captain Rod Light said Osuna was arrested within hours after learning of the text messages. He is now banned from YPAL. He has volunteered at YPAL off and on for about four years. Osuna did undergo a background check before becoming a volunteer.

"The Yakima Police Department does an excellent job of thorough background checks on anyone who comes in and works with our kids at all," says YPAL Executive Director, Linda Kraft. "So, needless to say, we were really shocked at this horrible breach of trust for these kids and families from all over the Yakima area."

KIMA is still waiting to hear back from the Yakima School District. Osuna was apparently a substitute teacher's aide at Davis High School.

The Yakima Police Athletic League is an independent, non-profit corporation. YPAL is a mixture of police officers, civilian staff, and a board of directors.