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October 19, 2017

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Arrest report: NLV teacher justified sex because student was 18

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Ryan Davis

A Legacy High School substitute teacher and football coach reasoned that he wouldn't be in trouble for having sex with a student since she was 18 and had told him she was moving out of state and thus outside the Clark County School District jurisdiction, according to his arrest report.

The student told investigators that she initially "came on to," Ryan Davis, 29, but that he didn't want to," police said. They eventually ended up having sex twice in his car days after Christmas Day, school district police said.

Davis was arrested Thursday and booked at the Clark County Detention Center on two counts of inappropriate sexual contact between a student and a district employee.

State law bars district employees from having sexual contact with students who haven't received a diploma or who were enrolled in the same school. Police said Davis didn't teach any of the student's classes but that they interacted at the school outside of class.

The investigation into the sexual relationship began when an anonymous tipster contacted a teacher at Legacy who then reported it to authorities Wednesday, police said.

In separate interviews, both Davis and the student initially denied the contact but eventually admitted to the acts, police said.

They communicated mostly through the social media app Snapchat and met up for sex on Dec. 27 and 28, police said.

"She stated they talked about him not wanting to get in trouble for being with her and she assured him again that she was 18 and he wouldn't get into trouble," a detective wrote in the arrest report.

The student also had told Davis she was moving to California, he told police.

"This is how she got me, I'll be honest, she got me because she said she was moving," Davis said in the arrest report. "She's not going back to school, she's an 18-year-old, can't get into trouble for that."

After the sexual acts took place, Davis said the student told him she was returning to Legacy. Davis said that before his arrest he was trying to figure out a way to tell her they couldn't continue to have contact.

Davis first received local media attention a few days prior to his arrest when his child became the first baby born in the valley this year. He told detectives that over the holiday break, he was overwhelmed with his job and dealing with his pregnant girlfriend's "emotions" and her "complaining all the time," not letting him decompress, the report said.

"(Davis) stated that he made a mistake. He was concerned about not seeing his daughters again and being locked up," the report said. He began to cry and said, "I was trying to stop it ... it wasn't right ... 18 or not, it was in the District," according to the report.

Clark County Detention Center records show Davis there on a $100,000 bail. His next scheduled court date is Jan. 13.

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