Former Curtis High teacher accused of violating no-contact order

Staff writerMarch 17, 2014 

Michael Allen Wednesday 2/12/2014

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A former Curtis High School teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student will face additional charges alleging he violated a court order following his release from custody, the Pierce County prosecutor’s office said Monday.

Prosecutors allege that Michael E. Allen met with the girl and had a 45-minute call with her on a pre-paid phone while he’s been out on $25,000 bail.

Allen, 33, pleaded not guilty last month to five counts of sexual misconduct with a minor. Court commissioner Meagan Foley ordered Allen to have no contact with the girl, or with any minors other than his two children, while he awaits his scheduled April 7 trial.

Allen is due back in court Thursday to be arraigned on the new charges.

He previously resigned from his job effective March 1. A biology teacher, he had taught at the high school in University Place since 2009.

The girl told detectives that the relationship started when she called and texted Allen, according to court documents released at the time of his original arraignment. She said they jogged and walked together, and kissed and touched each other -- usually in the carport outside her home. She said they had sexual intercourse three times, as well as other forms of sexual contact.

She told detectives at the time that she and Allen continued to talk and see each other, even after the school placed him on leave Jan. 17.

University Place Superintendent Patti Banks filed an official complaint about Allen with the state Office of Professional Practices that investigates misconduct by teachers and has the power to revoke a teacher’s state certification.

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