Former Sioux Falls teacher arrested for alleged sexual contact with minor
Authorities say a former Sioux Falls teacher has been arrested on sexual contact with a minor charges.
27-year-old Daylan Fargo was arrested in Hall County, Nebraska.
Sioux Falls Police Department spokesperson Sam Clemens said Fargo is charged with sexual contact with a child under 16, sexual exploitation of a minor, and solicitation of a minor.
"I wouldn't say this investigation is complete yet. We do have enough information where we were able to get a warrant for his arrest and we'll continue this investigation on our end," says Sioux Falls Police Officer Sam Clemens.
Fargo was an assistant choir director at Washington High School in Sioux Falls. He resigned days before a parent filed a protection order against him Friday.
Police began investigating Fargo last week after they received a tip there was inappropriate contact happening between an adult and a teen. Clemens said the contact took place over a two-year period.
"It involved texting and sending pictures. The adult sent it to the juvenile, the juvenile sent it to the adult."
An arrest warrant was issued Monday. Fargo is being held on a $100,000 cash bond.
"At some point, they'll make arrangements to get him from to Minnehaha County and then he'll make his court appearance."
According to the arrest affidavit, Fargo told police he began communicating with the victim when he was 14. Fargo said he eventually sent lewd texts and social media messages to the victim, including nude pictures of himself. Fargo told police the relationship was consensual.
The affidavit also stated the victim told police Fargo once touched the victim's genitals before a lesson at a school. The victim would have been 15 at the time.
In a statement to Dakota News Now, the Sioux Falls School District said, "We are troubled when we learn of allegations concerning someone in a position of trust. The safety of our students and staff is one of our highest priorities and we stand ready to ensure our schools provide a safe and welcoming learning environment."
A petition for a protection order filed against the former assistant choir director at Washington High School alleges he stalked and had sexual contact with a student. The allegations span two and a half years.
The petition was filed Friday morning and the protection order was granted.
The petition alleges 27-year-old Daylan Scott Fargo stalked, sent love letters, groomed, had sexual contact, and “gifted him a tablet with photos and videos of Fargo masturbating.” The petition alleges Fargo would drive by the victim’s house taking a picture of the victim’s car and then texting the victim saying he knows he’s home.
The petition alleges Fargo began grooming the victim in 2017.
The protection order states the alleged incidents occurred between 2017 and 2020.
Fargo is not listed in the staff directory on the school district's site.
Fargo is not listed as being charged or arrested.