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Washington middle school teacher charged with having sex with student

Washington middle school teacher charged with having sex with student

POSTED: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - 1:00am

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - 1:04am

Keshia T. Shaw, 33, a teacher at Gray Middle School in Tacoma, has been charged with five counts of second-degree child rape for allegedly having sex with a student.

Probable cause documents filed with Pierce County Superior Court state that in May a family friend of the victim alerted Child Protective Services to the alleged incidents.

When police contacted the victim's mother, she confirmed that her son had disclosed to her that he had had sex with Shaw on more than one occasion.

The encounters allegedly began five years ago, in 2007, when the victim was in the 6th grade and 12 years old; Shaw was the victim's science and math teacher. The boy told investigators that Shaw seduced him while he was retaking an exam in her classroom.

Five other similar incidents allegedly followed over the course of two years, including once in the boy's home bedroom while his mother was at work.

The victim, now 17, disclosed the alleged incidents to his mother recently after attending church and listening to a sermon that addressed molestation. He also had told two of his friends about the incidents. Police confirmed that the information the victim told to his mother and his friends was consistent.

Andrew Antonopolus, a former student to Gray, said he was surprised by the allegations. "She was very professional and serious about her job and everything," Antonopolus said of Shaw.

Shaw has worked at Gray Middle School since 2005 and had worked part-time at various schools in the Tacoma School District since 2002. The Tacoma School District said they have been working with the prosecuting attorney's office on the incidents since May 7.

Shaw, who has been placed on administrative leave from the school, is to be arraigned on the charges July 10.

Shaw's family said her lawyer has advised Shaw not to comment on the case.

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