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Twin Lakes teacher charged

By MARGO HORNER

The Mirror

Scott Riley, a music teacher at Twin Lakes Elementary School, was charged May 11 with communications with a minor for immoral purposes, a misdemeanor sex crime.

He was released later that night on $50,000 bail. He remains on paid administrative leave from the school. Riley will have a chance to enter a plea and respond to charges May 22 in an arraignment hearing.

Riley, 52, was initially being investigated on suspicion of child molestation in the first degree, a class A felony. He was arrested at Twin Lakes early May 9 after an 11-year-old girl alleged that he had inappropriately touched her several weeks earlier during band practice in the school music room.

The girl told police that Riley touched her buttocks over her clothing while she practiced a song, reports said. He squeezed several times, reports said.

The girl did not come forward with the information initially. Her mother read about the incident in the girl’s journal and contacted police, reports said.

If Riley is convicted as charged, he faces up to one year in jail and $5,000 in fines, said Dan Donohoe, King County Superior Court spokesman. The King County Prosecuting Office also recommended the court restrict Riley from having any contact or supervision over minors, according to court papers.

Riley faced accusations of inappropriate behavior with students at a previous job in Nevada. He also married a former student of his at Pahrump Valley High School, where he was an assistant principal.

In Federal Way, the incident reported May 8 was the first time Riley was accused of child molestation locally, according to the human resources department. He had faced former disciplinary actions for performance concerns, and then for yelling at a student. Witnesses reported that while Riley was yelling, he was unconsciously adjusting his pants in the area of his crotch.

Riley, a district employee for nine years, remains on paid administrative leave until the investigation is complete, said school district spokeswoman Diane Turner. It is standard procedure to place employees on administrative leave pending the outcome of a police investigation, she said.

The human resources department is doing its own investigation as well, Turner added. Riley won’t necessarily have to be convicted in court to lose his district job.

Contact Margo Horner: mhorner@fedwaymirror.com or (253) 925-5565.

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