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The Today File

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February 12, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Tacoma area teacher pleads not guilty to sexual misconduct

Michael Allen (Tacoma News Tribune photo)

Michael Allen (Tacoma News Tribune photo)

A University Place high-school teacher pleaded not guilty to sexual misconduct charges today after being arrested Tuesday for allegedly having sexual relations with a student.

Michael Allen, 33, a biology teacher at Curtis High School, is charged with five counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, according to Pierce County Superior Court documents.

According to charging documents, a 17-year-old student became a teacher’s aide for Allen and got his phone number from another student. She called and texted Allen. They began to run and walk together, then spent more time together. During that time they began sexual contact, usually at her house.

Allen was put on paid administrative leave on Jan. 17 after another student and her mother reported concerns to the school, which told a sheriff’s deputy. The two were told not to have contact, but they continued to see each other and had sex three times, according to charging documents.

The 17-year-old knew Allen’s wife had kicked him out of their house, according to charging documents.

On Tuesday, the school requested the girl’s phone records, which showed thousands of messages between her and Allen after he was placed on administrative leave. He was arrested later that day.

Allen’s trial is scheduled for March 31.

Allen is the second Tacoma-area  high-school teacher in a week to be charged for allegedly engaging in sexual acts with students.

Lincoln High School math teacher Meredith Claire Powell, 24, faces rape charges after allegedly engaging in sexual acts in her classroom and sending explicit text messages to male students. She was charged Friday with two counts of third-degree rape of a child and one count of communication with a minor for immoral purposes.

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