Tacoma teacher pleads not guilty to student rape

Tacoma teacher pleads not guilty to student rape

Tacoma teacher pleads not guilty to student rape

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on July 6, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 6 at 1:33 PM

A Tacoma middle school teacher charged with having sex with a former sixth grade student has pleaded not guilty.

Keisha Shaw appeared in Pierce County court Friday, where a judge ordered she be held in jail on $75,000 bail.

Shaw, 33, faces five counts of child rape for alleged sex with the former Gray Middle School student beginning in 2007.

Defense attorney Michael Kelly said accusations against his client are untrue.

According to Pierce County prosecutors, Shaw seduced the boy, then 12, while she was his math and science teacher. He told detectives the encounters started one day while he was alone in Shaw's classroom re-taking a test. He said Shaw sat facing him while wearing a short dress without underwear and then engaged in sex in a private room at school.

Prosecutors said sex also occurred in the boy's bedroom while his mother was away.

He told police Shaw warned him against telling anyone. Now 17, the boy came forward in May after hearing a church sermon urging victims of sexual molestation to speak up.

If Shaw bails out of jail, the only children she is allowed to be around are her two daughters, ruled Pierce County Judge Vicki Hogan. Prosecutors consider her a possible flight risk because she may face a lifetime jail sentence if convicted of all charges.

Shaw is also ordered to stay away from school grounds. She remains leave from Gray Middle School. Shaw has been employed by the Tacoma School District for seven years.

Due to back pay earned last school year, Tacoma Schools spokesman Dan Voepel said Shaw will receive a paycheck over the summer.

According to prosecutors, Shaw's father is also a teacher in the Tacoma.

KING 5's Drew Mikkelsen, Lindsay Chamberlain contributed to this report.

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