Tacoma teacher accused of sex with student fired

Tacoma teacher accused of sex with student fired

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by KING 5 News

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Posted on August 2, 2012 at 8:47 AM

A Tacoma middle school teacher, accused of having sex with a student, has been fired.

Keshia Shaw, 33, has pleaded not guilty to five counts of child rape for allegedly having sex with her former sixth grade student back in 2007.

The News Tribune
reports Shaw was fired Tuesday from Gray Middle School.  In the termination letter, the district said that in addition to the criminal charges, there were complaints about Shaw from students, parents and colleages. There were allegations that Shaw had struck another student and that she used in appropriate language in the classroom.

Shaw has 10 days to appeal her termination. She could also have her teaching license revoked.

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.

The boy 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.

Shaw’s attorney says the allegations are false.

Information compiled by KING 5's Travis Pittman

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