JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (KSNT) — Junction City High School athletic trainer Brandon Martino was taken into custody Friday on charges of sexual exploitation of a child and promoting obscenity to minors, according to Cadin Sanner, Public Information Officer for Junction City Police.
Martino has been suspended from all duties by the school until the completion of the investigation, according to Geary County Schools USD 475 Superintendent Reginald Eggleston.
“That just gives the individual an opportunity to be away from the situation so that information will flow easily, and that individuals will feel comfortable, if there are individuals who need to come forward,” Eggleston said.
Eggleston said he is entirely unaware of any prior complaints or knowledge in regards to the charges against Martino.
“An individual is considered innocent until proven guilty,” Eggleston said. “We’re just basically trying to be good partners with our local officials to ensure that they have all of the resources that they need.”
Eggleston is unaware as to whether any students were involved, he said. However, the school is adding more counselors and social workers if anyone wants to talk about the situation.
“I know that our teachers and students sincerely care about the wellbeing of our students. We just want to make sure that all know that,” Eggleston said. “This is an unfortunate situation, but one that we can get through, one that will bring us all closer together.”
Overall, Eggleston said the school district is striving for the safety of their students, as that is always their first and foremost priority.
“That’s something we take very seriously, and something that we will insure… the safety of our students takes place within our district,” Eggleston said.
KSNT News spoke with former students and parents of students at Junction City High School, who said they were shocked to hear the news, as well as find out on social media. They said they wished the school district would have informed them of the situation earlier.
The school district is currently awaiting more information from the police before determining the next steps to take, Eggleston said.
If anyone has additional information, contact the Junction City Police Department at (785) 762-5912.
This is a developing story.