Lynnwood High teacher, suspected of sexual misconduct with student, arrested Wednesday


sheriffA 25-year-old female Lynnwood High School teacher suspected of sexual misconduct with one of her students was arrested by Snohomish County Sheriff’s detectives Wednesday.

According to Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Shari Ireton, detectives served a search warrant for items related to the investigation, such as computers and cell phones, Wednesday morning at the teacher’s home in 2000 block of 196th Street Southwest

Ireton said that detectives had probable cause to arrest the woman for first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor, and she has been booked into Snohomish County Jail. The 17-year-old male victim was a student of the suspect, and was 16 years old when the alleged crimes occurred, she said.

Edmonds School District spokeswoman Debbie Jakala said the teacher was put on leave early last week after the alleged crimes were brought to the school district’s attention. The teacher taught part-time at Lynnwood High during the 2015-16 school year and also during the first few weeks of the 2016-17 school year, she added.

Ireton said that upon learning of the allegations, the district immediately contacted the school resource officer, who is a sheriff’s deputy. The Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit, which investigates crimes against children, opened an investigation, during which detectives learned that the suspect and victim developed a relationship that became sexual over time, Ireton said.

“We have been cooperating fully with the Sheriff’s Office investigation,” Jakala said. “We appreciate how swiftly they have been able to bring forward the alleged charges.”

Jakala added the district is “very grateful that members of the school community stepped forward with their concerns.”

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