July 30, 2021 20:17

Substitute teacher under investigation for indecent exposure during online class

A substitute teacher in Seattle is now the subject of an indecent-exposure investigation by Seattle police, according to a police spokesperson.

The teacher, who has not been identified, was participating in a remote middle-school class for Catharine Blaine K-8 School students on Tuesday.

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“Some students and parents reported concerns when they saw a Seattle Public Schools substitute teacher on camera during a remote teaching session being led by a regular, full-time SPS teacher,” Tim Robinson, a spokesperson for the school district, said in an email Thursday. “The Catharine Blaine teacher who was leading the class took swift action and removed the person from the remote platform, Microsoft Teams.”

According to the Seattle Times, the substitute teacher was appearing on camera from his home when the incident occurred. According to a letter sent to the parents of the students, the teacher was immediately removed from the online environment and is currently barred from teaching or performing any other work in Seattle schools.

The exact nature of the allegation was not disclosed by law enforcement.

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Detective Patrick Michaud, a spokesperson for the Seattle Police Department, confirmed Thursday that the allegations against the substitute teacher, a man in his 50s or 60s, were reported to police just before 6 p.m. Tuesday. The indecent-exposure case has since been assigned to a detective in the department’s Sexual Assault Unit for follow-up investigation, he said.

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