Thousand Oaks school employee arrested for allegedly sending inappropriate images to student

A theater tech at Thousand Oaks high school was arrested for allegedly sending inappropriate messages to a student.

Thomas Ballas was arrested on Dec. 2 on charges of sending harmful matter to a minor and possession of a controlled substance, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Department.

Administrators at Westlake High School reported that a student had been receiving inappropriate messages. When Thousand Oaks Police School Resource Officers investigated, they learned the inappropriate messages were "more significant," including "numerous illicit images" through social media. 

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Investigators identified Ballas, a technical specialist in Westlake High's theater department, as the suspect. A warrant was served at Ballas' residence on Dec. 2, where officials said they found sufficient evidence to tie him to the messages. Ballas was booked at the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility.

Deputies said they believe there may be other victims. Anyone with information was asked to contact the Sheriff's Sexual Assault Unit at 805-371-8309.