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After Amphi employee arrest, TPD encourages parents to monitor children's social media contacts

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson police are encouraging parents to keep a close eye on their children's social media and personal contacts after the arrest of an Amphitheater School District employee.

Police say 26-year old Barbara Bergquist is facing two felony charges: Commercial sexual exploitation of a minor and furnishing harmful items to a minor.

Police say they picked up Bergquist at Rio Vista Elementary school where she is a computer technology specialist.

They say Bergquist is accused of having an inappropriate online relationship with a 15-year-old boy since last summer.

Investigators say the boy's mother found sexual conversations on his Facebook account.  

The TPD Child Sexual Assault Unit took over from there.

"And what they learned was that this 15-year-old son and the 26-year-old female had been having inappropriate sexual conversations over Facebook since about last summer. This conversation progressed into correspondence over Skype, the computer program Skype," says TPD Sergeant Chris Widmer.

Widmer says the boy had attended Rio Vista, though police have no evidence the two had a relationship prior to last summer.

Widmer says parents can help Tucson Police by monitoring their children closely, as the mother in this case did.

"What we're really pushing for the public is that parents monitor what their children are doing on Facebook, monitor who their friends are, what kind of conversations they're having," Widmer says.

Widmer says TPD has had many successful investigations because of alert parents.

Amphitheater Schools spokesperson Mindy Blake says Bergquist is on paid administrative leave.

The investigation continues.

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