Jun. 11—A former employee with the Manhattan Parks and Recreation Department faces child sex crime charges in Pottawatomie County.
Zach Bayless, 31, faces two counts of sexual exploitation of a child. He made his first court appearance in Pottawatomie County District Court in Westmoreland on Tuesday.
A criminal complaint from the Pottawatomie County Attorney's Office outlines the charges against Bayless. The complaint states that sometime between Nov. 30 and Dec. 4 of last year, Bayless allegedly "promoted a performance that includes sexually explicit conduct by a child" under the age of 14.
The second count, from May 13 of this year, charges Bayless with possessing sexually explicit content involving a minor.
Bayless' next court appearance is a status hearing at 10 a.m. July 27 in Pottawatomie County.
Bayless was previously employed at the parks and recreation department as a recreation supervisor, from June 2018 to this year. Prior to that, he worked as a recreation center supervisor in Fayetteville, North Carolina.