A Washington state teacher accused of having sex with a student allegedly encouraged him to lie to police, text messages show.
Bainbridge High School teacher Jessica Fuchs, 26, was arrested on late Thursday evening and charged with sexual misconduct with a minor, communicating with a minor for immoral purposes and tampering with a witness, according to KIRO 7.
The arrest comes at the end of a two-month investigation that began after Fuchs was placed on administrative leave in February following some concerning comments she made to an associate principal at the school, according to the Bainbridge Island Review.
The principal contacted the student’s mother, who said she was suspicious that her son was involved with a teacher “in an inappropriate manner” after she found an incriminating Snapchat conversation between her son and a person named Jess. The boy later reportedly told his mother that Fuchs’ husband had walked in on her performing oral sex on him, though he denied ever having intercourse with her.
Officials said Fuchs began deleting text messages and other evidence in late February to cover up the affair. She allegedly told the student to do the same in a text recovered by police.
“Well, protect me as best you can,” Fuchs allegedly wrote. “Remember NOTHING COMES OUT EVER! About anything you have been to my house only once. [Lie] like you have NEVER lied before. And try to get your mom to side with you completely and say this was all a misunderstanding! And tell the investigator that!”
The boy did initially try to protect Fuchs, denying a relationship with her and saying that the risqué Snapchats discovered by his mother were actually from someone else. He later admitted to the affair, according to his mother.
However, police recovered sufficient evidence from Fuchs’ own computer and other devices to charge her, including the text message above, as well as a video of her masturbating that she’d sent to the student.
Fuchs is being held on $100,000 bail and is due to appear in court on Monday. She has not yet entered a plea.
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