OTHELLO, WA – A fifth-grade teacher in the small community of Othello has been accused of molesting one her 10-year-old male students.
The school district began an investigation on May 30 after receiving information from another teacher that Davis was engaging in activities that were “inappropriate or at least unprofessional,” said George Juarez, Othello School District superintendent. To be more specific, the 48-year-old married mother of three has been accused of molesting the boy in her 5th grade Scootney Springs Elementary classroom, and taking him to the movies alone.
The student would later confirm Davis touched him inappropriately both on campus and off, and Davis was placed on leave. She resigned weeks later, on June 18, before the investigations by the district and police were completed. Police investigated the allegations for a month before handing their findings over to the Adams County Prosecutor. “We did refer it up as a child molestation case in the 1st degree. That’s what the information supports,” says Chief Steve Dunnagan.
The Prosecutor’s Office will now look at the information they’ve received and decide if there’s enough evidence to charge Davis with two counts of first-degree child molestation. Dunnigan told reporters that an investigation like this is extremely rare in his community and that he doesn’t believe there are any other victims.
Parents, friends and other students are rallying around Davis and don’t believe the accusations, calling them “ludicrous.” Davis taught 16 years in the school district, officials said. During her tenure she taught third and fifth grades and was once named as teacher of the month after a student submitted her name.