Not guilty pleas were entered Tuesday by a former Morro Bay High School teacher and varsity girls' swimming coach charged with having sex with one of his students and inappropriate communication with another.
Tyler Andree, 24, entered the pleas during a court appearance via Zoom with his attorney.
He’s been charged by the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office with unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, contact with a minor for sexual offense and child molestation.
The five charges stem from alleged crimes involving two students the DA’s office says occurred between Dec. 31, 2018 and Oct. 15, 2020.
Andree, who began working at the high school in August of 2019, has since resigned from his position at the high school.
According to the Morro Bay Police Department, Andree’s arrest on Feb. 8 came after a three-week investigation.
Andree has been out of custody since the night of his arrest after posting $30,000 bail.
The prosecution during Tuesday morning’s hearing requested bail be upped to $90,000 based on the severity of the charges, but the judge ultimately declined the request, saying she did not know how having bail increased “would make people any safer.”
However, the judge did say Andree should not be in the presence of any female minors without another responsible adult present, which Andree agreed to.
The DA's Office says as of now, Andree faces up to four years and eight months behind bars, if convicted.
He remains out of custody and is due back in court for a pre-preliminary hearing on March 24.