Quartzsite teacher arrested on suspicion of sex with student under 15

A Quartzsite teacher has been arrested on suspicion of having a sexual relationship with a student under 15 years old, according to Quartzsite Police Chief William Ponce.

An investigation on April 10th revealed that Garrett Sweetland, 24, and an unnamed minor were having a relationship as boyfriend and girlfriend, according to a release from the Quartzsite Police Department. Garrett is a third and fourth grade teacher in the Quartzsite Elementary School.

The investigation also revealed that the two committed sexual acts on multiple occasions, Ponce said.

Sweetland, who is also reportedly a soccer coach at the school district, was taken into custody on April 13th and booked on 10 counts of sexual conduct with a minor.

People with more information are encouraged to call QPD’s Corporal Tanakeyowma at 928-927-4644.

7 comments

  1. Meli Williams

    That’s two accused out of that school. Yikes!

  2. Ruben Vega

    There are some really good teachers at both schools but the question is, is this actually a certified teacher or another one of the so called “long term” substitute teachers that are pretty much hired off the street by the administration after passing a simple test, with no certifications or degree to teach, sometimes with not even any work experience???

  3. Janni Hudson

    The boys in prison will take care of him

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