Curtis High School teacher arrested for alleged sexual relationship with student

Staff writerFebruary 11, 2014 

A Curtis High School teacher was arrested Tuesday night for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female student, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said.

The 33-year-old man was booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of five counts of first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor.

Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said he expected the man to be charged Wednesday.

The News Tribune does not generally name suspects before they have been charged with a crime.

Troyer said detectives were still investigating when the sexual relationship may have started.

University Place School District Superintendent Patti Banks said another student and her mother reported concerns to a school counselor Jan. 17.

That initial report was about inappropriate communication between the 17-year-old student and teacher, but didn’t necessarily indicate that a crime had occurred, Banks said.

“Initially, we had very little information,” she said.

The school told the sheriff’s deputy assigned to the school about the concerns that same day and put the teacher on paid administrative leave, Banks said.  

“We’ve had a very active investigation since that time,” she said.

The teacher has been at the school for five or six years, Banks said.

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