A college theater teacher is accused of exposing himself to women and children near his home in Anthem.
Dominik Ryszard Rebilas, 30, of the Anthem area north of Phoenix, was booked Thursday afternoon on suspicion of six counts of public sexual indecency, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said.
Rebilas is an adjunct teacher at Paradise Valley Community College.
Authorities said they investigated Rebilas after four children, ages 9 to 15, told detectives they had seen Rebilas fondle and expose himself in his house entryway and garage in two separate incidents in October and November.
Rebilas, active in the theater circuit in the Valley, faced similar accusations of exposure in Phoenix in 1999, law enforcement officials said.
"When someone has a position of trust and authority, they should be held to a higher standard," Sheriff Joe Arpaio said.
PVCC officials confirmed that Rebilas still is employed at the institution. However, "obviously the college will have to look into this," said Judi Anderson, the college’s acting director of marketing. "This is disturbing."
Officials noted that Rebilas’ home on Trailhead Way is near an elementary school, Gavilan Peak, part of the Deer Valley Unified School District.
"We do have to take that into account" during the course of the investigation, which is ongoing, said Lt. Paul Chagolla, spokesman for the sheriff’s office.
Rebilas runs a theater company, Theatre Maxim LLC, that he and his wife founded in Anthem in 1999. A message left at the office seeking comment was not returned. A woman who answered the phone at his house said no one could comment at this time.
Maricopa County authorities are asking anyone with information to call the sheriff’s office at (602) 876-1011.