Former Othello School Teacher Pleads Not Guilty to Child Molestation
OTHELLO, Wash. - A former Othello school teacher accused of child molestation pleaded not guilty in court Monday.
Lisa Davis made her first court appearance Monday afternoon on one count of child molestation. The judge released her under the condition that she has no contact with the 10-year-old victim or come within 500 feet of his home or school.
Her trial date is set for October 15th. She faces up to life in prison and a $50,000 fine if convicted.
According to the police report, Davis and the boy began their relationship in late 2012.
Police say the relationship started when the boy began staying late after school with Davis. After time went on police say Davis took the boy to movies and carried on a "friend" like relationship. Police believe there were at least 3 "touching" incidents between the boy & Davis in her classroom and at a home Davis was house-sitting.
According to the police report, Davis' husband brought the alleged conduct to the attention of a school counselor. Dan Davis, Lisa's husband, is also an educator in the district. Police say Davis' husband suspected something inappropriate was going on when he noticed his wife spending a lot of time with the victim.
According to the police report, Davis eventually admitted to her family she had an inappropriate relationship with the boy. Police interviewed one of Davis' adult children who told them, "mom said the relationship started off innocently, then it moved from a plutonic relationship to including inappropriate contact."