A teacher in the Lake Quinault School District has been arrested under the investigation of inappropriately touching students.
The Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office tells KXRO that on Friday night, a deputy was sent to a home in Neilton following a report of inappropriate conduct by a music teacher at the Lake Quinault School District.
The reporting party was a family member of the student.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, a family member saw a video of her 9 year old niece being inappropriately touched by the 39 year old man.
The Sheriff’s Office says the video was taken during class on Friday as the teacher was sitting on a stool in front of the class with the 9 year old girl standing next to him.
According to the report, the girl was standing next to the teacher as punishment for not bringing her instrument to class, and the teacher is seen with his left arm around the girl, rubbing the left side of the girl’s abdomen with his left hand and, at times, pulling her next to him.
The touching is on the outside of the clothing.
The Sheriff’s Office says the teacher has his hands on the girl for about 4 of the 5 minutes of the video before it ends.
A student said that other female students had received the same punishment for not bringing their instruments; however the male students did not have to stand next to him when they forget their instruments.
The report says that multiple students felt the contact by the teacher was inappropriate.
Detectives went to the Lake Quinault School on Monday morning and arrested the man prior to the start of class.
The Lake Quinault School District superintendent was contacted and briefed on the investigation.
Superintendent Richard DuBois posted on the school’s Facebook page, “The teacher has been arrested and will be placed on administrative leave. We are fully cooperating with Sheriff’s investigation.”
The teacher was booked into Grays Harbor County Jail on two counts of Assault 4th Degree with Sexual Motivation which is a gross misdemeanor.
Detectives are also looking into other students who may be victims of this behavior.