CVCA girls’ basketball coach relieved of duties after arrest in prostitution sting

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The Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy girls’ basketball coach was relieved of his duties Monday, Feb. 25, following his arrest in a prostitution sting last week in Willoughby, according to a school official.

Ryan B. Tyna, 42, had just concluded his second season as head coach of CVCA’s girls basketball squad, said Jason Spodnik, the school’s vice president.

“[On] Monday morning, Ryan [Tyna] … was relieved of his duties once the allegations were confirmed,” said Spodnik. “And they were confirmed via conversation with Mr. Tyna. We have clear standards and expectations of our coaches and their responsibilities as role models.”

Tyna is a Hudson resident. Tyna, who is also a social studies and history teacher at Eastlake North High School, was placed on administrative leave from that position on Monday, said Willoughby-Eastlake Superintendent Steve Thompson.

Thompson said he could not confirm why Tyna was placed on leave, but he did say it was related to an investigation outside of the district.

“I can’t express how sorry I am to have let so many down,” wrote Tyna in a posting on his Facebook page Tuesday, Feb. 26. “Please pray for my wife and two daughters. There’s no way to describe the hurt I have for them right now. I’m just posting to say I’m sorry.”

Tyna, along with 11 other men were arrested by Willoughby Police on Feb. 21 and Feb. 22 as part of a prostitution sting. Willoughby Police detectives put an advertisement on a website often used by prostitutes and offered adult services for a special rate of $100 for a half hour with a 20-year-old female, Willoughby Police said in a release.

Twelve men responded to the ad and were arrested without incident after they entered a motel room. Police are not identifying which Willoughby motel was used as future sting operations may occur.

Police identified the other 11 arrested men as: Bryan Hess, 51, Cuyahoga Falls; Timothy D. Asberry, 54, Willoughby Hills; Bert M. Brown, 55, Beachwood; Ramone A. Davis, 26, Cleveland; Gill S. Gurinder, 31, North Royalton; Nagi J. Haddad, 55, Rocky River; Raymond T. Kern, 50, Mentor; Eugene Preston, 38, Beachwood; Johannes Reinhard, 64, Palm Beach; Efren Romero, 41, Painesville; and Richard M. Salajcik, 47, Eastlake.

Each suspect was charged with soliciting and criminal tools, both misdemeanors. Each suspect also posted bond of $404.

The dozen men are set to return to Willoughby Municipal Court on March 7.

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