Pasco Co. assistant principal arrested on federal charges following …

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — An assistant principal in Pasco County is in jail facing federal charges following a Homeland Security investigation. Kyle Ritsema, 35, was arrested Tuesday afternoon. He is the assistant principal at Cypress Creek Middle High School.

Ritsema, who lives in Land O’ Lakes, is charged with federal rules violation and is being held without bond at the Hillsborough County Jail. He was arrested by the US Marshal’s Office. Details about the charges against Ritsema have not been released.

A spokesperson for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told WFLA News Channel 8 that Ritsema’s arrest was the result of an investigation conducted by ICE and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Ritsema is still listed as an administrator on the school’s website.

However, Pasco County School officials say Ritsema has been placed on paid administrative leave. Administrators say he was not arrested at his school.. A Pasco County School District spokesperson said the school district is not at liberty to give any details about the arrest at this time because the arrest stems from a Homeland Security investigation.

The school district wants to reassure parents and students that at this point there is no reason to believe the arrest was school related. WFLA News Channel 8 has reached out to the US Marshal’s Office about the arrest of Ritsema. We have not heard back yet.

WFLA has checked arrest records and it appears that he has a clean criminal history other than the federal charges. Ritsema was scheduled for a first appearance in federal court this afternoon. We will be there for that and will continue to bring you more information as it comes in.

Cypress Creek Middle High School is located at 8701 Old Pasco Rd. in Wesley Chapel.

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