Thursday, August 16, 2007
TRASH COLLECTOR. Ex Teacher having sex or raped the 10 year old boy? How in the world a Teacher of 31 years of age must have a sex with a 10 year old boy? Do you believe the kid have a consensual agreement to have sex? Where are those American Values?
Ex-Tacoma teacher charged in kidnapping-for-sex case
A former Tacoma elementary-school teacher accused of having sex with a 10-year-old boy at a freeway rest stop was charged Monday in Pierce County Superior Court with kidnapping with sexual motivation and ordered held on $500,000 bail.
Tacoma police and school-district officials said Jennifer Leigh Rice, 31, met the boy shortly after she was hired last year as a replacement teacher at McKinley Elementary School. The district did not renew her contract earlier this year.
According to charging documents, Rice took the 10-year-old, who was in her fourth-grade class, with her when she left a party in his East Tacoma neighborhood around 3 a.m. Thursday. Police and prosecutors allege the two were headed for an Idaho amusement park when they stopped at a rest area in Ellensburg, napped and had sex.
The boy's father told police he had asked Rice to stay away from his son about a month ago when he became concerned about the interest Rice showed in the boy, charging documents say. The father said Rice had been to their house to watch movies with the boy, taken him on trips and communicated with him frequently by phone and online, charging papers say.
The boy's family told police they called Rice as soon as they discovered the boy was missing. Rice told them she had not seen the child, but the boy called family members a few minutes later and said he was fine, charging papers allege.
The boy was returned to his family — dropped off at an uncle's house in Puyallup — shortly after police told Rice an Amber Alert with information on her vehicle was being issued, prosecutors said in charging documents.
According to Tacoma School District officials, Rice was hired in October and placed on leave in April, and her contract was not renewed after the school received complaints that she was socializing inappropriately with students.
Prosecutors said more charges are likely to be filed.