Othello police are recommending molestation charges be brought against an elementary school teacher for alleged unprofessional behavior involving a 10-year-old boy.
Othello Police Chief Alvia Dunnagan said Monday that on May 30, school officials reported to police there was unprofessional behavior involving Lisa Davis, a fifth grade teacher at Scootney Springs Elementary School, and a 10-year-old boy. Police conducted a month-long investigation and recommended to prosecutors Davis be charged with two counts of first-degree child molestation.
Dunnagan confirmed the incidents happened both on and off campus and police believe only one victim was involved.
Davis, according to school superintendent George Juarez, was placed on paid administrative leave immediately after the allegation surfaced on May 30. Davis resigned on June 18 and the school board accepted her resignation on June 24.
Juarez said the Othello School District notified the Superintendent of Public Instruction in Olympia about the case; it will be up to OSPI tyo determine whether or not Davis will be allowed to teach in the future in Washington state.
According to a database of teachers in Washington on the Kitsap Sun website, Davis, 48, is a full-time employee at Scootney Springs with an annual salary of $61,721 as of the 2011 school year. She has more than 14 years of certificated experience as a teacher.
In the Sept. 17, 1997, edition of the Othello Outlook, it reported that Davis completed her education at Central Washington University. She later received a master's degree in 2006. The Outlook article reported that as of 1997 she was married with three children.
Davis was so highly regarded as an educator that she was recognized with a "Teacher of the Month" award by another local media outlet in the spring of 2012, with administrators heaping praise on her for work with students, according to a March 2012 article in the Othello Outlook.
It's now up to the Adams County prosecutor to file charges against Davis. Multiple calls to the prosecutor for comment on this story have not been returned.