(WXYZ) - An Armada teacher is in jail today after he turned himself in on criminal sexual conduct charges for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old female student.
25-year-old Robert Yaek turned himself into the Romeo Police Department Friday morning.
Then he and his attorney went to court in Romeo where they hoped the judge would give Yaek a low bond so he could be released.
7 Action News was the only camera in the courtroom this morning. When Yaek walked into the courtroom he didn't say a word. He stood silent next to his attorney who entered a plea for him of not guilty to the charges.
"There is no likelihood that Mr. Yaek is going to flee from these allegations," said Paul Stablein.
Stablein asked for a low bond of $50,000. Yaek does not have a criminal record and has lived in the Richmond area his whole life where he is currently living with his mother. She is a longtime employee in the same district, the Armada Schools. She came up and stood next to the attorney to support her son.
"Also in the courtroom is his sister and other family members who are here to support Mr. Yaek," said Stablein.
The Armada Chief of Police spoke in court saying no other victims have come forward. The 13-year-old girl is the only reported victim they know of.
"There are a few things that concern me greatly when setting bond... and that's the age of the girl, 13, and where it happened on school grounds," said Judge Denis LeDuc.
Police said that Yaek had a sexual relationship with the girl in a closet adjacent to his classroom and at a rental home in Armada. Yaek had been teaching science at Armada Middle School for the past three years.
He resigned in May after police finished their investigation. He's also been accused of sending sexual images of himself to the seventh grader's cell phone.
"He's devasted. His life goal was to be a teacher, and he was a very good one. From what everyone tells me, the students loved him, the staff loved him. It's a real shock," said Stablein.
The judge set the bond at $400,000 dollars cash surety. That is an amount his attorney said in court that the family was not prepared to pay for, so for now, Yaek will stay in jail.
We asked his family to talk after court but they were not interested. Yaek will be back in court June 18.