A 27-year-old Kentridge High School teacher was charged last week with attempted commercial sex abuse of a minor for allegedly agreeing to pay $100 to have sex with someone he thought was a 15-year-old cheerleader, according to King County prosecutors.
A Seattle police detective in the department’ s vice and high risk victims unit posted an ad in the “casual encounters” section of a popular website pretending to be a 15-year-old girl, charging papers say. He posted the ad — titled “Student looking for older men” — just before 9 p.m. on Sept. 17 and “a short time” later, began exchanging explicit emails with a man who identified himself as Brent Conley, the papers say.
Conley was told the person he was communicating with was “a 15-year-old high school cheerleader who was looking to make some money by having sex,” charging papers say. Conley exchanged emails and texts “of a sexual nature, detailing the sex acts” he wanted in exchange for $100, the papers say. He arranged to meet the “girl” the following day and planned to take her to his house in Fremont to have sex, according to the charges.
Conley was arrested a little after 7 p.m. on Sept. 18 when he showed up at the agreed location, a McDonald’s restaurant in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood, according to the charges. He had in his possession $100 cash and the cellphone that was used to communicate with the fictitious girl, the papers say.
Conley spent about 22 hours in the King County Jail before posting a $75,000 bond, jail records show. As a condition of his release, he was ordered not to have any contact with minors except in the presence of a responsible adult.
Chris Loftis, the executive director of communications for the Kent School District, said Conley was placed on paid administrative leave on Thursday, once police notified school officials of the allegations. Conley was told he is to have no contact with students or staff at Kentridge, pending resolution of the criminal case, Loftis said.
Conley, who had previously worked as a substitute teacher in other area school districts, was hired by the Kent School District in late August to teach 11th-grade English and 10th-grade Social Studies, Loftis said.
“There were no flags of any color” raised during Conley’s hiring and vetting process and his first weeks in the classroom were uneventful, he said. Loftis said the district took action “as soon as we had an inkling of any kind of impropriety,” adding that if the allegations against Conley are true, it “is certainly a violation of trust.”