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Elementary school sends message after assistant principal arrested

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Posted at 2:38 PM, Dec 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 11:30:59-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The following message was sent to the parents of students at Derfelt Elementary School after Assistant Principal Tyler Host was arrested in a sting operation.

This is Herbert A. Derfelt Elementary School Principal Gina Howard.

The safety of our students is the number one priority at Derfelt Elementary School. As always, we want to keep you informed of important issues happening within our school community.

We would like to inform you that an employee assigned to our school has been arrested today for luring a child for sex. The employee is currently assigned to home, as of today, per the negotiated agreement with their bargaining unit.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is the lead investigative agency and has reported the employee’s name as Tyler Yost. We wish to assure you that we are cooperating fully with law enforcement in their investigation.

Please know that this is a police investigation and, as school officials, we do not have additional information to share. However, if you have questions about your child, please contact the school at (702) 799-4370.

Thank you.

29-year-old Tyler Yost was arrested during a joint operation between the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

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He, along with several other men, are facing charges of Luring a Child to Engage in Sexual Conduct, Soliciting a Child for Prostitution, Attempted Sexual Assault Against a Child under 14, and Luring a Child With Use of Computer Technology to Engage in Sexual Conduct.

Derfelt Elementary is located near West Charleston Boulevard and Durango Drive.