Twin Lakes music teacher arrested


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A Twin Lakes Elementary School music teacher was arrested May 9 on suspicion of child molestation in the first degree.

Scott Riley, 52, was booked Wednesday into the King County Jail in Seattle, then moved Thursday to the Regional Justice Center in Kent after a first appearance hearing that same day. The hearing determined there was probable cause to continue holding Riley, and bail was set at $50,000, said King County Superior Court spokesman Dan Donahoe.

As of press time, charges had not been filed against Riley. The deadline to file charges was Friday, May 11, when a second hearing was scheduled to take place.

Child molestation in the first degree is a class A felony when committed against a child under the age of 12.

Police arrested Riley at 8:50 a.m. Wednesday at Twin Lakes Elementary, 4400 SW 320th St., after notifying the school of the molestation allegation, said district spokeswoman Diane Turner.

The allegation surfaced about 9 p.m. May 8 when Federal Way police were dispatched to the 32900 block of 39th Avenue Southwest in response to an 11-year-old female student who reported being touched inappropriately by Riley, police spokeswoman Stacy Flores said. The girl told police the incident occurred April 16 during school hours, reports said.

The allegation was then passed to the Federal Way Criminal Investigations Section, Flores said. The police department is still investigating the allegations, she said.

In response to the allegation, the Federal Way School District sent a letter to parents and guardians of all Twin Lakes Elementary students, said Deb Stenberg, district spokeswoman.

Riley has been placed on administrative leave pending completion of the investigation, according to the letter sent May 9.

“We are working closely with the Federal Way police and take these allegations very seriously,” Turner said.

The school district reminded parents and guardians in the letter of a 24-hour tip line that can be called to alert the district to people or situations that may pose a danger to students. The number is (253) 945-4233 and callers can remain anonymous.

Contact Jacinda Howard: or (253) 925-5565.

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