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2/28/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

CVCA coach fired after arrest in prostitution investigation

Ryan Tyna
Photo courtesy of the Willoughby Police Department
CUYAHOGA FALLS — The head coach for Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy’s (CVCA) girls basketball team was fired Feb. 25 after being arrested in a prostitution investigation by the Willoughby Police Department.

According to the Willoughby Police Department, Ryan Tyna, 42, of Hudson, was among 12 men arrested in a prostitution investigation conducted by the department Feb. 21-22.

Willoughby Police said detectives placed an ad on a website frequently used by prostitutes. The ad offered adult services for a special rate of $100 for a half hour. Twelve men responded to the ad and were taken into custody without incident after they entered a motel room expecting to meet a 20-year-old female, according to Willoughby Police.

Jason Spodnik, CVCA’s vice president, said Tyna, who was in his second year as the girls basketball coach, was relieved of his duties once the allegations were confirmed.

“Much more than just coaching their sports, we have clear standards and expectations of our coaches and their responsibilities as role models,” said Spodnik. “He was not a teacher here or a full-time employee.”

Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools Superintendent Steve Thompson said Tyna is employed as a teacher at Eastlake North High School and has been put on administrative leave by the district pending the conclusion of a formal investigation.

According to Willoughby Police, the men were all charged with soliciting and criminal tools, which are misdemeanors. All posted a $404 bond and have a court date set for March 7 at 7:45 a.m. at the Willoughby Municipal Court.

Kathleen Collins contributed to this report.

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