Washington Bible school teacher charged with rape

| February 21, 2010

AUBURN, Wash. – A Bible teacher at an Auburn school has been charged with having sex with a 15-year-old student.

Auburn Adventist Academy Principal Marvin Mitchell calls it a tragedy.

"The situation escalated into something that was unacceptable," he said.

Mitchell says the now 16-year-old student, who is part of the boarding program at this private Christian academy, looked to 49-year-old Bible teacher Scott Spier 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 Spier began having sex at the beginning of the school year at his apartment just a few miles away from the school

"It has been described as happening 15 times," said Colglazier.

The school first starting hearing rumors about the relationship late last week and brought both the student and Spier in the office for questioning. They both denied it until Monday. The school immediately notified police and fired Spier.

"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 heal.

Spier is being held in jail with no bail on charges of first degree sexual misconduct with a minor and child rape.



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