Seattle police investigating substitute teacher for alleged indecent exposure in online classroom

Sara Jean Green

Seattle Times reporter

A substitute teacher who attended a remote middle school class for Catharine Blaine K-8 School students Tuesday is the subject of an investigation into indecent exposure by Seattle police, according to Seattle Public Schools (SPS) and a police spokesman.

“Some students and parents raised concerns when they saw a substitute teacher from Seattle Public Schools on camera led by a full-time SPS regular teacher,” said Tim Robinson, a school district spokesman, in an email Thursday . “Catharine Blaine’s teacher who led the class quickly took action and removed the person from the remote Microsoft Teams platform.”

The substitute teacher, who appeared on camera from home, was immediately prevented from accessing teams and other PLC online platforms. According to Robinson and a letter to Catharine Blaine’s parents, he is currently banned from teaching or doing any other job in Seattle with Director Ryan LaDage.

The school is located in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle. The exact nature of the allegation was not immediately disclosed.

In his letter to parents, LaDage said he would provide updates whenever possible and encourage parents or children with additional information to contact him, assistant principal Patrick Gray, or the school district’s Title IX office at [email protected] To get in touch.

Det. Patrick Michaud, a spokesman for the Seattle Police Department, confirmed Thursday that the allegations against the substitute teacher, a man in his fifties or sixties, were reported to police shortly before 6pm on Tuesday. The indecent exposure case has since been assigned to a detective in the department’s sexual assault section for follow-up, he said.

Michaud didn’t know if there was a videotape of the class and declined to publish a police report as the department generally does not publish reports assigned to the Sexual Assault Unit.