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Originally published Friday, October 5, 2012 at 8:02 PM

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Federal Way teacher arrested over alleged rape of student

A 33-year-old teacher at Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way — a father of three who is in the midst of divorcing his wife of 12 years — was arrested Monday in Auburn.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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A 33-year-old teacher at Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way is under investigation for second-degree rape, accused of having sex with a now-17-year-old student over the past two years, according to Federal Way police and King County prosecutors.

The man — a father of three who is in the midst of divorcing his wife of 12 years — was arrested Monday as he left his home in Auburn, according to court records and a statement of probable cause outlining the police case. A King County District Court judge on Tuesday found probable cause in the case and released the man from the jail at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent on personal recognizance.

The day before the teacher's arrest, the alleged victim told her mother that she had been having sex with one of her teachers for the past two years, the statement says.

The first encounter occurred in September 2010, and the last in February, it says. The two had sex twice in Federal Way and once each in Tacoma and Auburn, according to the statement.

Police found "physical evidence" at the girl's home, but the probable-cause statement does not say what kind of evidence was recovered.

A decision on charges is expected to take several days, according to Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

The Seattle Times is not naming the teacher because he has not been charged with a crime.

The teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave, said Diane Turner, a spokeswoman for the Federal Way School District.

On Monday, the man's wife was granted a restraining order against him, saying in court records that she was concerned he would flee the state or country with their children.

The petition for divorce was filed in August and is to be finalized in November.

Before the restraining order was issued, the man remained in the family home in Auburn and had custody of his 10-year-old son and two daughters, ages 8 and 3, Mondays to Thursdays, court records show.

According to the teacher's Facebook page and other online profiles, he is an English and math teacher who also writes novels and short stories.

He began working at Todd Beamer High School in September 2007.

Seattle Times news researcher Miyoko Wolf contributed to this report.

Sara Jean Green: 206-515-5654 or sgreen@seattletimes.com

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