Lincoln High School teacher arrested on suspicion of rape

Tacoma News TribuneFebruary 6, 2014 

Tacoma Police arrested a Lincoln High School teacher Thursday who is accused of having sex with students, school district officials said.

The woman, who began teaching in Tacoma in 2012, was held Thursday in the Pierce County Jail on suspicion of two counts of third-degree child rape and one count of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.

She was expected to appear in Pierce County Superior Court on Friday. The News Tribune typically does not name suspects until they are formally charged with a crime.

School district spokesman Dan Voelpel said officials at Lincoln received an anonymous tip Tuesday and that they notified police. The teacher was placed on paid leave Wednesday and arrested Thursday.

Voelpel said the teacher was removed from the payroll following her arrest, pending the outcome of court procedures.

Police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said the teacher was arrested based on a report police received several days earlier; she said she didn't know the source of the report. She said the teacher was taken to a police station and interviewed, and that she was taken to jail from there.