A former teacher at Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor, admitting he had a sexual relationship with one of his students.
Eli Godbolt, 33, was arrested Oct. 1 and later charged with two counts of first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor, according to court records. One of the charges was dismissed as a result of Godbolt’s guilty plea, court records show. He was released from custody after posting a $25,000 bond in November, but was ordered back into the custody of the King County Jail on Thursday after his plea.
King County prosecutors will recommend that Godbolt serve a year in jail when he is sentenced April 26, spokesman Dan Donohoe said.
An English and math teacher, Godbolt professed his love to a 16-year-old girl in May 2011, and they began having sex that September, according to charging documents. The girl, now 17, ended the relationship in April 2012; she told her mother in September that she had been having sex with Godbolt, and her mother called police, charging papers say.
Godbolt, a father who is going through a divorce, was placed on administrative leave by the Federal Way School District after his arrest, and later resigned.The Seattle Times