BLAINE, Wash. — Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office developed probable cause to arrest a 43-year-old man on 2 counts of 1st degree child molestation after an investigation into witness and video accounts of a school outing at a water park in August.
According to an affidavit of probable cause to arrest prepared by WCSO and submitted in Whatcom County Superior Court by prosecutors, a group of teachers, para educators and students with the Lummi Nation School District went to a water park in Birch Bay. During their time there, according to statements provided by 7 school personnel attending the event, Robert Oliver Ziesing, age 43, was seen giving an inappropriate amount of attention to 2 female students, ages 7 and 6.
Statements taken by a WCSO investigator echoed multiple accounts of inappropriate touching. Some were able to be confirmed by security video recordings.
Ziesing, a full-time teacher, denied inappropriately touching either student when interviewed by an investigator.
On Friday, September 23rd, Ziesing arrived at the Whatcom County Jail with his attorney and was booked into the jail charged with 1st degree child molestation.
A preliminary hearing was held on Friday where prosecutors requested bail be set at $200,000. Defense asked that Ziesing be release on his personal recognizance or bail be set at $15,000 with a cash alternative. The court set bail at $75,000 without a cash alternative. An appearance bond was posted, and he was released later that day.
An arraignment hearing is scheduled for September 30th.