Police arrest teacher on suspicion of having sex with a student

Federal Way police have arrested a 33-year-old high school teacher based on the account of a now-17-year-old girl who told her mother she had been having sex with an instructor for the past two years.

Police arrested the Auburn resident, a teacher at Federal Way's Todd Beamer High School, Oct. 1 and booked him into jail for investigation of second-degree rape, then released him on his personal recognizance. He did not give a statement upon arrest, police reported.

Because prosecutors have not yet formally charged the man with a crime, the Auburn Reporter is withholding his name.

The teacher is now on paid administrative leave from Federal Way Public Schools, pending the outcome of the investigation.

Court documents say the girl talked to her mother Oct. 7.

The student revealed that she and a teacher had been having a sexual relationship for the past two years.

The girl's mother contacted police on Sunday, and police arrested the teacher at his home on Monday morning.

According to police, the suspect had no prior criminal record. All teachers in the school district are required to pass a background and fingerprint check before employment.

The girl provided physical evidence of the relationship, said a police spokeswoman, who declined to give further details. A statement of probable cause reports there were four incidents of sexual intercourse, with the last incident allegedly occurring Feb 4, 2012.

The King County Prosecutor's Office and Federal Way police are investigating the case. Police expect to file official charges in one to two weeks, the spokeswoman said.

Police urge any witnesses or possible victims to come forward. More information will be reported when available.

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