Yesterday's Seattle Times included another story about sex crime against a child in a Seattle Public School.
The accused is an instructional aide at Aki Kurose. The story in the Times is a bit sketchy on the timeline. The activity has alledgedly taken place over the past two years. A student witnessed it, took cellphone pictures of it, and told his mother about it. Two mothers of other students also told the police that they witnessed inappropriate touching. They say that they reported it to "a school official". It is unclear from the Times article who reported it to the police. It is also unclear from the article when it was reported to the police, but the article does say that the accused was placed on administrative leave when the police began their investigation earlier this year.
Although charges were filed yesterday and an arrest warrant issued, the accused was not arrested because he is out of the country. In fact, the police have yet to speak with him.
So what was the timeline of events here? How long have the police been investigating this alledged crime without interviewing the suspect? Who saw what and when did they report it and to whom did they report it? Why is charged with only two counts of child molestation if the activity has been happening over the course of two years?
Aki Kurose, you'll recall, is the school that delayed reporting allegations of an on-campus rape to the police for a day because they couldn't get through on the non-emergency number. In that case the police were out to the school as soon as they got the call. The police action appears much less prompt in this case, but it is unclear how promptly the school took appropriate action - if at all. Did the "school official" call the police or did someone else? Did they use the non-emergency line?