Seattle high school teacher arrested for allegedly having sex with 16-year-old student, prosecutors say

A Seattle high school science teacher is facing allegations of repeatedly having sex with a 16-year-old student – including in his car, according to prosecutors.

Seattle police were called to Franklin High School on Friday to investigate a “sexual offense with a child,” according to a statement of probable cause from the King County Prosecuting Attorney.

An officer spoke with a 16-year-old female student who said she had been involved in a “consensual sexual relationship with one of her teachers.” She claimed their “intimate relationship” began on Feb. 2, 2023.

The two engaged in sexual intercourse at least five times over the past two weeks, the probable cause statement said.

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The student also said she and the teacher exchanged more than 3,000 messages via Discord, email, and texts, according to the documents.

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The officer noted in the probable cause statement that he read sexually explicit messages, including one that said: “You didn’t even do any work and got an A from me.”

The KCPAO argued there was probable cause for five counts of sexual misconduct with a minor in the first degree and one count of communication with a minor for immoral purposes.

The KCPAO also argued that the teacher’s bail should be set at $250,000 because of the danger to the community. The first appearance judge set bail at $100,000, the KCPAO told Fox News Digital.

The case referral is expected from police later this week. Fox News Digital has reached out to the Seattle Police Department.

Seattle Public Schools said the teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave.

The district referred Fox News Digital to a letter Franklin High School’s principal sent out on Friday. It said the school and district officials moved quickly to address the situation after learning of the allegations.

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The teacher has been restricted from having contact with students, families, and staff and is barred from entering any SPS school buildings or attending school-related events.

“We have initiated a full internal investigation through the district’s Human Resources Department and Office of Student Civil Rights,” the district said. “As part of our process, we have informed and will collaborate with the Seattle Police Department.”

Fox News Digital is not naming the teacher until he is formally charged.

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The teacher’s arrest was first reported by KTTH’s Jason Rantz.




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