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Zachry arrested on additional child exploitation charges in Manhattan

A man who worked as an elementary school paraprofessional in Manhattan was charged late...
A man who worked as an elementary school paraprofessional in Manhattan was charged late Wednesday afternoon with three additional counts of sexual exploitation of a child while he was already being held in the Riley County Jail, authorities said.(WIBW)
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 7:37 AM CDT
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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - A man who worked as an elementary school paraprofessional in Manhattan had three additional counts late Wednesday afternoon of sexual exploitation of a child while he was already being held in the Riley County Jail, authorities said.

The new counts against Aaron Zachry, 31, of Junction City, came after further information was collected during the ongoing investigation into Zachry, according to Riley County Police spokesman Aaron Wintermote.

The circumstances behind these additional counts are believed to have occurred on March 13, 2021, at a residence in Manhattan.

Zachry was being held on a bond of $300,000 for these additional counts, resulting in a total bond of $360,000.

The bond for his initial arrest on June 4 is $60,000.

Zachry remained confined in the Riley County Jail as of Thursday morning.

Zachry’s initial arrest on June 4 was for one count of sexual exploitation of a child after nude photographs of minors were found on his cell phone.

The investigation into Zachry is ongoing.

Zachry worked as a para-educator at Northview Elementary School until the end of the 2020-21 academic year. The school is located at 300 Griffith Drive in Manhattan.

On Saturday, Manhattan-Ogden Unified School District 383 issued a statement saying they will fully cooperate with the Riley County Police Department’s investigation.

Because of Zachry’s employment working with children, parents or anyone with additional information may call the Riley County Police Department at (785) 537-2112 or Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers at (785) 539-7777.

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