The teacher arrested by the FBI Tuesday is identified as Eugene Ballantyne age 29, a teacher at the Arrowview Middle School in San Bernardino. According to the authorities Ballantyne was arrested at his home in Running Springs, early Tuesday.
According to the FBI affidavit that was filed in federal court, Ballantyne exchanged sexually explicit photographs with a 13 year old girl from New Jersey, he received sexually explicit pictures from a 15 year old girl, two years ago and he is alleged to have traveled 180 miles to have sex with a 17 year old girl.
According to authorities there is no evidence linking him with any students at the Arrowview Middle School, where he is a social studies teacher. According to the San Bernardino City Unified School District, Ballantyne was placed on leave two weeks ago. They stated that they have begun their own investigation, however there is no evidence of illicit contact with any students in the school.
According to the FBI Ballantyne allegedly used a false name John Baldwin and said he was a 25 year old teacher from Corona, after meeting the 13 year old Bunswick, New Jersey girl in an internet chat room. The FBI said that Ballantyne and the 13 year old sent sexually explicit pictures by cell phone and was demanding in his tone, while convincing the girl to engage in sexual activity, while they talked. In an email the former teacher said that he wished the girl was there so he could express his feelings.
The girls mother contacted the South Brunswick police on January 28th and reported the emails and pictures that were exchanged between her daughter and Ballantyne. Tuesday, Ballantyne was scheduled to appear in Riverside at the U.S. District Court.