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November 17, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Interlake High teacher charged in sexual misconduct case

A teacher at Bellevue’s Interlake High School was charged last week with first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor, accused of sexual contact with a 17-year-old student, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Patrick Colgan, 33, of Seattle, was arrested Nov. 7 and was released from the King County Jail the next day after posting $10,000 bail, jail records show. He is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 26.

Charged Friday, he is accused of abusing his position of trust as a teacher in order to promote a sexual relationship with the girl, who told police Colgan was her literature teacher during the 2013-2014 school year, according to charging papers.

A mental-health provider contacted Bellevue police on Nov. 6, who reported receiving information about an alleged sexual assault from the 17-year-old, charging papers say.

In March, the girl began receiving sexually explicit emails from Colgan, who asked her to engage in sex acts with him, according to the papers. In May, she met him at a coffee shop in Kirkland and he later walked her to her car, where he kissed her and engaged her in sex acts, the papers say. The two continued to exchange emails until June, when the girl decided to end the relationship, but Colgan continued to send her emails, soliciting sex and asking her to meet him, according to the charges.

A police detective went to the school on Nov. 7 to notify Colgan of the investigation and he asked if the involved student was the girl, who he named, the papers say. When told it was the girl, Colgan declined to speak further with the detective, according to charging papers.

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