It Must Be Spring: Bainbridge Island High School Teacher Jessica M. Fuchs Arrested for Alleged Sexual Misconduct with JuvenilePosted: May 7, 2015
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. — A 25-year-old female teacher at Bainbridge High School was arrested Thursday for alleged sexual misconduct with a juvenile male victim, police said.
“Mrs. Fuchs cusses in class sometimes. That’s part of why the kids all like her, because she acts like a teenager so much.”
Fuchs was arrested today by the Bainbridge Police and transported to Kitsap County Jail.
Jessica M. Fuchs is charged with:
- Sexual Misconduct with a Minor in the 1st degree, a felony
- Communication with a Minor for immoral purposes, a gross misdemeanor
- Tampering with a Witness, a felony
Bail was set at $100,000, police said.
“Another thing that’s really cool about her is that none of her homework was ever due until 3:30 p.m. You could do it after school and still get credit for it.”
— female classmate of the victim and a chemistry student of Fuchs
…A female classmate of the victim and a chemistry student of Fuchs told Inside Bainbridge, “It’s too bad because she’s a really good chemistry teacher, the only one who can get it through to me.”
The student, who wishes to remain anonymous, said she saw her teacher as a friend: “Mrs. Fuchs cusses in class sometimes. That’s part of why the kids all like her, because she acts like a teenager so much. . . . She always let people come in before or after school for help.”
The student added, “Another thing that’s really cool about her is that none of her homework was ever due until 3:30 p.m. You could do it after school and still get credit for it.”
“At this time the police do not have any indication that there are additional victims involved,” a Bainbridge Police Department news release said.
The Bainbridge Island Review‘s Brian Kelly reports:
Principal Mary Alice O’Neill, in an email to parents, said Bainbridge police had arrested a teacher — Fuchs was not mentioned by name in the email — “on felony and misdemeanor charges, including sexual misconduct with a minor.”
“We understand the sad and unsettling nature of the allegations and resulting arrest. We want you and your student to feel the environment at BHS supports their physical, and emotional safety, as well as academic growth,” O’Neill added. “Toward that end, we will continue to make counselors and staff available to help support our students.”
The department was first contacted on Feb. 25 by a member of the Bainbridge Island School District regarding allegations of inappropriate conduct between a female teacher and a juvenile male, the release said.
Bainbridge police conducted “an extensive investigation” and, as a result, submitted a probable cause statement to the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office and the court for review, the release said….(read more)
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