AUBURN, WA (NBC) - Principal Marvin Mitchell is launching an investigation after learning that former Bible teacher Scott Spies and a 15-year-old student left campus and had sex in his apartment at least 15 times.
The Bible teacher at an Auburn school has now been charged with having sex with the 15-year-old student.
Police say Scott Spies, 49, confessed to having sex with a girl from Auburn Adventist Academy more than 15 times over the course of the school year. He is charged with third-degree rape and sexual misconduct. He was arrested last week and released from jail on Saturday after posting bail.
Auburn Adventist Academy Principal Marvin Mitchell calls it a tragedy.
"We do not want male teachers taking female students off campus, we try to be very careful about that," said Mitchell. "The situation escalated into something that was unacceptable."
Mitchell said the now 16-year-old student, who is part of the boarding program at the private Christian academy, looked to Spies as a mentor.
"She found a person who she felt like she could share with and that was the beginning of it," he said.
Detectives call what happened rape.
"The student described them as starting to get close in about February of 09," says Sgt. Dave Colglazier with the Auburn Police Department.
On Tuesday, the student told police that she and Spies began having sex at the beginning of the school year at his apartment just a few miles away from the school. Apparently, Spies and the student slipped past three people in charge of watching over the boarding students.
The school first starting hearing rumors about the relationship late last week and brought both the student and Spies in the office for questioning. They both denied it until Monday. The school immediately notified police and fired Spies.
"Because of this we are re-examining all of our policies and teacher student relationships, we are dedicated to the safety of our students," said Mitchell.
Mitchell said the main focus now for the 300-plus student body is moving on and helping the victim.
The school says it's now reviewing its policies, but administrators believe this is an isolated incident.
"I've seen this happen very rarely in my years of working with the church," says Doug Bing, Vice President of the Washington Conference of Seventh Day Adventist Schools.
Because it is a private school, the Academy is not subject to state supervision of the boarding program. The school is solely responsible for the welfare of its students.
"The girls are well taken care of," said Mitchell. "But of course even the best policies need to be reexamined."
Spies is charged with 3rd degree Child Rape and Sexual Misconduct. He is scheduled to arraigned on March 3.
There was another case in 1994, where the assistant men's dean resigned after allegations he had inappropriate communications with a female student.
Sunday, May 19 2013 5:35 PM EDT2013-05-19 21:35:57 GMT
A body discovered in Clinton Saturday night has led to a homicide investigation. Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart confirms a body was discovered, although few other details are known. The bodyMore >>
Clinton Police Department's Interim Chief Mike Warren said upon further investigation, it appears an disagreement over a woman may have led to the death of a Jackson man.
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:00 PM EDT2013-05-19 02:00:02 GMT
Observers are predicting a speedy confirmation to the federal bench for Jackson attorney Debra M. Brown. If confirmed, Brown would become the state's first black female district judge. Carl Tobias, aMore >>
Observers are predicting a speedy confirmation to the federal bench for Jackson attorney Debra M. Brown.More >>
It's all about the odds, and one lone ticket in Florida has beaten them all by matching each of the numbers drawn for the highest Powerball jackpot in history at an estimated $590.5 million, lottery officials...More >>
Some lucky person walked into a Publix supermarket in suburban Florida over the past few days and bought a ticket now worth an estimated $590.5 million - the highest Powerball jackpot in history.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >>
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >>
Thursday, May 16 2013 7:38 AM EDT2013-05-16 11:38:49 GMT
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - An Army wife who lost over 100 pounds while her husband was away in Afghanistan surprised the soldier Wednesday when he arrived at Wilmington International Airport. Misty Shaffer,More >>
A soldier from Wilmington returns from Afghanistan to a big surprise: a new wife, a new house and a different child.More >>
Inmates at jails in Indianapolis, Baltimore, St. Louis and Philadelphia face the nation's highest levels of sexual abuse at the hands of guards, according to a new federal report based on surveys of inmates at...More >>
Inmates at jails in Indianapolis, Baltimore, St. Louis and Philadelphia face the nation's highest levels of sexual abuse at the hands of guards, according to a new federal report based on surveys of inmates at U.S. jails.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:20 PM EDT2013-05-19 00:20:30 GMT
An accident combined with interstate roadwork causes headaches for motorists Saturday afternoon in Rankin county. Traffic was practically brought to a standstill on I-20 in Pearl at the Airport Road exitMore >>
An accident combined with interstate roadwork causes headaches for motorists Saturday afternoon in Rankin County.More >>
WLBT 3 - Fox 40
715 South Jefferson Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39201