BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A former Bakersfield elementary school teacher has not contested a crime related to sending inappropriate messages to underage former students, court records show.
Kyle Puette, 38, did not contest a charge of exposing material harmful to a minor on Tuesday, records show. A second charge of exposing harmful material and six counts of contacting a minor with intent to commit a sexual act were dismissed.
“We were able to come to a resolution that, in every way, truly reflected the facts,” said Puette’s attorney, Kyle J. Humphrey.
He said Puette was remorseful and understood he needed treatment and cooperated with the investigation from the start.
Puette is to be sentenced on April 13. He faces 16 months in prison and will have to register as a sex offender for life.
Puette taught at Louise Sandrini Elementary School from 2013 to 2017. He was arrested on April 29 in Valley Center in San Diego County, where he worked at Valley Center Elementary School.
A former student’s older sister told investigators she found out that Puette had sent “mean” messages to her sister via Instagram, according to court documents. She said she secretly recorded a Facetime chat where Puette, though clothed, was moaning and “clearly masturbating,” according to the documents.
A second alleged victim said she believed Puette left gifts on her doorstep, the documents show.
Humphrey said there was a fault with only one victim.
The documents contain transcripts of conversations Puette is accused of having with the girls. Investigators said Puette made repeated references in a thread to masturbation, even after asking a girl her age and acknowledging “ohh (sic) you’re too young,” according to the filings.