A fifth-grade teacher in a tiny town in Washington State is under investigation for allegedly sexually molesting a 10-year-old male student.
Police in Othello have been investigating Scootney Springs Elementary School teacher Lisa Davis, reports KHQ. In late May, another local teacher informed school officials that something fishy might be going on between Davis and the fifth-grader.
“Our investigation unveiled some criminal elements. Enough to charge her, we believe,” Othello police chief Alvia Dunnigan told the local NBC affiliate.
The alleged, unnamed victim was in the teacher’s reading class, according to local CBS affiliate KREM.
For whatever reason, police also noted that Davis is not related to the victim.
In March 2012, Davis was honored as a teacher of the month by a collaborative effort between KHQ and nearby Eastern Washington University.
“She’s a really awesome teacher,” said the student who nominated Davis at the time, according to The Othello Outlook. “She has a lot of respect for everyone and she’s nice all the time.
“When I think of the word ‘teacher,’ I think of Lisa Davis,” gushed school district superintendent George Juarez.
The county prosecutor will now decide whether to file criminal charges. Police have recommended a charge of first-degree child molestation.
Davis was placed on administrative on the same day the police investigation began. She later quit her job.
“Ms. Davis submitted her resignation from the District on June 18, 2013 and the Board of Directors approved resignation on June 24, 2013,” said the Othello schools superintendent in a statement.
Spokane ABC affiliate KXLY has managed to dig up the basic facts on Davis. She attended Central Washington University and has an unspecified master’s degree. Her annual salary before she resigned was $61,721 (as of 2011).
As of 1997, she was married and had three children.