AP Releases Review on Teacher Sexual Misconduct- 125 Cases Statewide, 7 Local
YAKIMA, Wash.- Alarming numbers out in a review from the Associated Press. It says that statewide over the last five years 125 teachers lost their teaching license or had it suspended because of sexual misconduct.
Right now there's about 65,000 teachers licensed in Washington State. The Associated Press conducted a seven month investigation nationwide. Across the country they found nearly 2,600 cases of sexual misconduct by teachers from 2001 to 2005. Seven cases within the Yakima Valley and Columbia Basin.
In 2002: Two reports of sexual misconduct in Yakima County. One in the Wapato School District and one in the Yakima Public Schools.
In 2003: Three reports filed.One in the Highland School District, one in the North Franklin County School District and another in the Kennewick School District.
In 2004: Two more sexual misconduct reports. One in the Pasco School District and another in the Kennewick School District.
All seven cases involved male teachers.
Now if you apply to be a teacher in Washington state, you have to be finger-printed and sent through an FBI check.
We're told investigators are currently looking into 11 cases of alleged sexual misconduct statewide.