Zach Bayless

A former Manhattan Parks & Recreation employee charged with sex crimes was in Pottawatomie County District Court Tuesday.

Zach Bayless appeared in court for a status hearing. Pottawatomie County Attorney Sherri Schuck tells KMAN that Judge Erich Campbell set a potential waiver of preliminary hearing and arraignment for Dec. 16 at 1:30 p.m. It’s possible Bayless could reach a plea deal with prosecutors, but the two sides have yet to finalize any agreement.

The former recreation supervisor was arrested in May on two counts of sexual exploitation of a child, including possession of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor. Investigators have said the incidents occurred in December of last year and mid-May this year.

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