An associate dean at Truckee Meadows Community College is on administrative leave after his arrest on suspicion of trying to lure a child through conversations over the Internet.
Richard Green, 39, of Carson City was booked into Washoe County Jail Tuesday on suspicion of two counts of open and gross lewdness, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of eluding. Bail was set at $21,000.
Green fled in his vehicle, nearly hitting two detectives in a Reno parking lot before he was stopped.
Deputy Michelle Youngs said the arrest is the result of investigations by the Sheriff's Crimes Against Children's Unit.
Detectives began investigating Green in January when he made contact via the Internet with an investigator posing as a child.
TMCC President Philip Ringle said Green has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.
"We were, of course, surprised and shocked," Ringle said. "Richard has been a valued employee of the college for seven years."
Green was hired in 1997 as the community college's manufacturing field agent, in charge of developing employee training programs at TMCC for manufacturers in the area, said Anne-Louise Bennett, the colleges executive director of institutional advancement.
In August, he became associate dean for vocational technical education, she said. Bennett said associate deans sometimes teach classes, but she was not aware of his having done that.