Pacific Grove man arrested for sexual assault

PACIFIC GROVE — A Pacific Grove man has been arrested for nine felony counts of oral copulation with a minor.

The arrest of Andrew Chyo, 26, comes after a months-long investigation by the Pacific Grove Police Department in collaboration with the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office.

The investigation began April, when a victim reported sexual assault crimes that occurred in 2019 when the victim was 17 years old and Chyo was 22-23 years old. On Tuesday, Pacific Grove police served an arrest warrant for Chyo. He was subsequently transported to Monterey County Jail. His bail is set at $1.89 million.

According to police, Chyo was an active resident of Pacific Grove, both volunteering and working in the local community. He is also a former student of Pacific Grove Unified School District.

In the wake of Chyo’s arrest, Pacific Grove Unified Superintendent Ralph Porras and Director of Safety Barbara Martinez sent a message to families, noting shock and reassurance.

“We want to assure you that any person wanting to volunteer for the Pacific Grove Unified School District undergoes an extensive background check through the Department of Justice (DOJ),” the message read. “All individuals cleared through the DOJ, and who have no prior convictions, are fingerprinted and cleared to volunteer for the district.”

Police are asking anyone with additional details to contact the Pacific Grove Police Department at (831) 648-3143 or Anonymous tips can also be sent to (831) 648-3159.

Those looking for help or resources can reach out to the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center 24-Hour Helpline at (831) 375-4357.

Contributed by local news sources

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