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Man was employed part time at Twin Hills Middle School in Sebastopol

A Santa Rosa man who worked as the assistant director for a summer camp for children and spent nearly eight months as a part-time campus supervisor and computer technician at a Sebastopol middle school has been arrested and charged with sex crimes against a 5-year-old child.

Dylan Josh Zara, 28, is charged with sexual intercourse, sodomy, oral copulation, sexual penetration and possession of child pornography.

There is no indication that any children at the school or camp where he worked were involved.

According to investigators, the crimes began in February, 2010 when the child was five-years-old, and continued through July 20, 2011.

Zara was arrested July 22 and booked into Sonoma County Jail. His bail was set at $1 million.

Zara was working as an assistant camp director of Sun Camp, a children's camp run by the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center, since June of this year. His employee profile was removed from the camp's website by Thursday.

"We are so shocked and dismayed by the whole situation," said Diana Rich, executive director of the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center. "It's so saddening that that contact could be associated in any way with our little community."

Rich said she was assured by police officers handling the case that no children from the camp community were victims. Zara has been placed on unpaid administrative leave, she said.

As an assistant camp director, Zara supervised groups of children on activities like field trips, but he would not have been alone with a child, Rich said.

The camp conducted thorough background checks and there was nothing to indicate any potential for problems, and his references said he had a stellar background, Rich said.


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