A former Manistee County substitute teacher was arrested after Manistee Police say he had an inappropriate relationship with a then-14-year-old female student.
According to Manistee Police, investigators have been searching through email accounts on both the teacher's and victim's computer.
"It took a while to bring it to conclusion because we had to send the computer to the crime lab to be analyzed and pull all the data off of them," explained Manistee Police Chief David Bachman. "We also had to search MSN and Google to collect messages sent on other accounts."
Corbin Tyler Swiastyn, of Manistee, was charged with a felony of accosting for immoral purposes.
"Basically he was trying to get her to have sex with him and enticing her to do things she shouldn't be doing," said Bachman.
Police said the female victim was 14 at the time of the crime and came across Swiastyn as a student.
Police have been working on the investigation since May. It came to light when police said a friend of the victim alerted the school principal.
A search of the student's school issued computer provided evidence of the relationship including explicit messages, police said.
The school immediately cut ties with Swiastyn and turned the case over to police.
"Over the course of time, we collected quite of bit of data. Some very sexually specific emails between the substitute teacher and the fourteen year old student," said Bachman.
According to police, the messages were strictly text based; there were no pictures involved. They said the case was brought to light before any sexual contact happened between the victim and Swiastyn.
The police chief said technology provided valuable evidence in the case. "The digital age tracks everything. There's a path. You leave a digital trail out there. It's trackable."
Swiastyn was booked and fingerprinted, but is now free pending further court action.