Crime

Prosecutors charge that Fife teacher wanted to ‘cuddle’ with girl, 15

Pierce County prosecutors Monday charged a 33-year-old Fife teacher with sending sexually suggestive notes to a 15-year-old girl by text message and Twitter.

Eric Spry, a teacher at Columbia Junior High School, pleaded not guilty to one felony count of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes. He was allowed to remain free on the $1,000 bail he posted Sunday.

Prosecutors allege in court documents that earlier this month Spry sent the girl several inappropriate messages, including one in which he said he wanted to “cuddle” with her.

“The defendant also said he was really good at ‘spooning,’ ” deputy prosecutor Heather de Maine wrote in charging documents.

The girl, a high school student, felt awkward about the correspondence and told another teacher about the messages, and police were notified.

Spry was arrested Saturday and booked into the Pierce County Jail. He posted bail Sunday, jail records show.

Police said he refused to answer questions.

His employment status could not be determined Tuesday, but it is common practice for school districts to place employees on administrative leave while criminal charges are investigated.

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