November 22, 2008 in City

Teacher accused of sex with teen


A former teacher at a private Bellevue school has been charged with having sex with a 16-year-old student.

King County prosecutors filed charges Friday against 47-year-old Deene Juncker. He faces up to 54 months in prison if convicted on three counts of sexual misconduct with a minor.

Juncker resigned in October from his teaching job at Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart.

Court papers disclose an e-mail to the girl with the message, “I loved having the chance to truly make love to you the way I have always wanted.”

The student told investigators they were in love and engaged in sexual contact in a park and in a hotel. The relationship ended when her mother became suspicious.


Endangered snail found in Snake

The federal Bureau of Reclamation says an endangered freshwater snail has been found in Snake River streams below the Minidoka Dam in south-central Idaho.

The last time the Snake River physa, a freshwater snail, was known to exist in the upper Snake River region was during the 1980s.

The mollusk has been federally protected under the Endangered Species Act since 1992.

The Bureau of Reclamation confirmed Friday the snail has made a reappearance in its Snake River habitat.

The agency has been collecting snails during the past two years from an 11-mile section of the river.

The samples were sent to a mollusk expert at the University of Michigan and identified as Snake River physa.

From wire reports

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