VANCOUVER, Wash. -- A Prairie High student has been arrested and accused of raping a 14-year-old who attends the same school.
The suspect in the case is a registered sex offender. School officials knew, but state and federal law blocked them from sharing the information with parents and students.
The administrators knew it. We shared it with the teachers involved with that student. We don t announce it in any broad way to the public, or the students, we re not allowed to by state law, said school district spokesman Gregg Herrington.
Jeremiah Christian Thompson, 19, was accused of third-degree child rape. He was being held in the Clark County jail on $5,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in court Friday.
According to an arrest affidavit, Thompson met his victim, 14, at a Winco store. She went home with him where they had sex.When questioned by police, Thompson at first admitted to meeting up with the victim at Winco, but then asked for an attorney.
The Columbian reports that Thompson has a lengthy record, including the attempted rape of his mother in July 2009. He pleaded down to a charge less than rape in that case. (The photo of Thompson at left is from his sex offender registry.)
At age 13, he was placed on community supervision after reportedly trying to steal security cameras from a church. He was placed on supervision but continued a string of bullying and sexual harassment, the newspaper reported.
In June 2009, a seven-year-old girl described to her mother how Thompson had undressed her and touched her. The girl's description of the incident wavered and Thompson pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge.
The Columbian reported that while authorities knew of his sex offender status, state and federal law says students remain entitled to a high school education and the offender status can only be revealed by law enforcement.
In September 2011, the Clark County sheriff's office told Battle Ground District l officials of Thompson's status, as part of a routine notification procedure, the Columbian reported.
His time at the high school has included a series of detentions and suspensions, the paper reported.