Former “Teacher of the Year” Darcy M. Smith faces multiple charges of child rape, allegedly involving a male student that she took into her Seattle-area home.
Smith allegedly began having sex with the youngster when he turned 14 and continued for four years until he moved out of her home. In case you’re wondering how the teen wound up in the teacher’s residence, “The boy was allegedly living with Smith with his mother’s permission as her home was closer to the hospital in which he was recuperating from an injury,” CBS Seattle reported.
The teacher has denied the allegations, and her lawyer claims there is “a lot more to this story” than the what is contained in the preliminary investigation by King County Sheriff’s detectives. “Darcy looks forward to vigorously defending herself and to being exonerated,” he added.
Smith has been on administrative leave from her teaching position since August, but the district did not inform parents of her former students until last week as charges were being brought forward. Explained a Highline School District representative, “We are obligated to keep that confidential until it results in some kind of action by the police, in this case: referring it to the prosecutor’s office, and the prosecutor filing charges.”
The teen went to the cops about the alleged abuse in May 2014.
This incident allegedly occurred in the same Seattle-area school district where Mary Kay LeTourneau taught.
Darcy Smith allegedly met the boy when he was a student in her sixth-grade class. “Smith, most recently of McMicken Heights Elementary School, has been charged with three counts of child rape in King County Superior Court. The assaults are alleged to have begun in September 2008; charging papers suggest Smith was still sexually involved with the boy when she was named teacher of the year for the region in 2012,” KOMO News reported.
Smith is due back in King County Superior Court on Thursday.
As the Inquisitr previously chronicled, a former Teacher of the Year in Florida was sentenced to 38 years behind bars on nine counts of sex abuse involving a then-12-year-old boy. In June 2013, a California high school Teacher of the Year was arrested for allegedly having sex with a male student.
Apart from the these incidents involving ex-teachers of the year, in general do you think that there is more teacher-student sexual abuse in contemporary society or is it just receiving more publicity that in previous generations?
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