Sorry News about Sexual Predators
I first saw this news at the West Seattle blog - that a softball coach has been preying on some girls on the team, apparently since about 2017. From WS Blog:
A former JV girls-basketball coach at West Seattle High School is charged with “communicating with a minor for immoral purposes” via online messaging. Seattle Public Schools tells WSB the former coach, 28-year-old Michael D. Gutierrez, was fired in February, 10 days after the school learned about the allegations.
The probable-cause document on file says an assistant principal discovered two students, now both 17, having been “inappropriately contacted” via social media.From the charging papers:
The defendant engaged a student-athlete he coached in (in)appropriate sexual communication in electronic communication and in person. The defendant kissed the girl and also grabbed, or spanked her bottom on a number of occasions.From SPS Communications:
When SPS learned of the allegations of inappropriate comments and behavior by an adult hourly coach, we immediately contacted Seattle Police on Feb. 15, 2019.
That same day, SPS released the adult from all coaching responsibilities until the outcome of an internal investigation was completed.
On February 25, 2019 (the Monday after mid-winter break), SPS terminated the individual’s employment. The individual was a part-time coach. The individual was not a teacher, counselor, etc.I am also sad to report another serious incident - this time in the Kent School district where a 72-year substitute was arrested for touching a kindergartener. He had worked in multiple schools. From the Kent Reporter:
John Deveiteo, of Kent, has worked as a substitute teacher at multiple schools in the district since February 2018, according to charging documents filed Wednesday in King County Superior Court. Deveiteo is scheduled to be arraigned on July 3 at the King County Courthouse in Seattle.The story states that Kent SD could not answer the question of whether Deveiteo had worked in other school districts. I'll ask SPS Communications.