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Former Curtis High teacher sentenced to 20 months for sexual misconduct with 17-year-old

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Michael Allen

TACOMA — Michael Allen, a 33-year-old former teacher at Curtis High School in University Place, was sentenced Tuesday to 20 months in prison for sexual misconduct with a 17-year-old teacher’s aide.

Allen pleaded guilty in August to first-degree sexual misconduct, just weeks after ignoring no contact orders and contacting the 17-year-old victim.

Allen was found to have sent thousands of messages to the female student who was his aide in January, prosecutors said. He was placed on leave after a sexual relationship was uncovered.

He continued to contact the student after he was placed on leave, going as far as to giving her a pre-paid cell phone, prosecutors said. Even after the relationship was uncovered by police, Allen continued to contact the student, prosecutors said, violating no court orders.

Allen was charged with violating a court order in February and has been in custody since March 20.

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said Allen “abused the trust of his position” and should be held accountable for his actions.

“Our schools should be safe havens,” Lindquist said.

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3 comments

  • Sara

    17 years old these days is PLENTY old enough to make their own choices. The government needs to butt out and let people live their lives. The courts and the attorneys made a lot of money on this case, which is why things will not change.

  • Joe

    “abused the trust of his position” and should be held accountable for his actions.” – Oh really, I thought Bill Clinton the hero of the Democrats made that legal.