A Seattle elementary school teacher has been charged with four counts of child molestation after two female students reported that he sexually assaulted them in front of the class.
Jordan E. Murray, 32, was teaching first and second graders when he allegedly groped the girls in class at the private religious school.
The two girls reported that they were touched sexually by their teacher, who was called Rabbi Yaakov Murray at the school.
A 6-year-old student told detectives that Murray put her on his lap and put his hand down her pants on more than one occasion. He was seated behind his desk and looked over her work, which she had brought up to show him, while touching her. The student also said he put his hand under her shirt on one occasion.
The second student, a 7-year-old, said that Murray touched her while she stood at his desk. She had Murray as a teacher the previous year, but told investigators he hadn't touched her until this year.
Murray was released on $100,000 bail and could face at least 25 years in prison if convicted. Prosecutors say Murray is considered a clear danger to children because of the circumstances of these crimes.
Murray has lived in Washington state for less than two years.
A spokesperson for the prosecutors office clarified that Murray does not have any out-of-state convictions. They had previously said he was convicted of a domestic violence charge in New Hampshire in 2007.