Buckeye teacher accused of sexual conduct with teen

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A Buckeye elementary teacher was arrested Sunday and accused of having sexual conduct with a 17-year-old foreign exchange student, officials said.

Joshua Schroder, 36, was booked into Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail and faces nine counts of sexual conduct with a minor and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, said Lisa Kutis, a spokeswoman with the Goodyear Police Department.

Schroder is a fourth-grade teacher at Rainbow Valley Elementary in the Liberty Elementary School District, and is also the coordinator of a foreign exchange student program, Kutis said.

According to court records, the 17-year-old girl is from Sweden.

The victim’s host mother told police there were more than 600 text messages sent between the victim and Schroder over the last month, and the girl reportedly disclosed that the relationship had turned sexual, records state.

Emily Toepfer can be reached at etoepfer@westvalleyview.com or on Twitter @EmilyToepfer. KPHO/KTVK reporters contributed to this article.


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