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Hug High teacher's aide arrested on felony charges

RENO, Nev. -- A local teacher's aide was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly offering students pot and booze, according to Washoe County School District Police.

WCSD Police Chief Mike Meiras told News 4 the investigation came about after two female students decided to leave the Hug High School campus Tuesday with the suspect, who is accused of giving the girls alcohol and marijuana at his house. Meiras said the girls did the right thing by coming forward with the information.

The suspect, 28-year-old Ryan Johnson, was arrested Tuesday night by WCSD Police on four counts: two felonies and two misdemeanors. Johnson has been employed at Hug High School by the school district for 14 months as an intervention specialist, or teacher's aide.

News 4 learned of this information when a concerned viewer called the station; no official press release was sent out, and the arrest was not announced. WCSD School Police are continuing to investigate to ascertain whether or not this was an isolated incident.