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Rogers High School teacher resigns after acknowledging sexual relationship with student

UPDATED: Mon., May 14, 2018

FILE – Rogers High School in Spokane. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
FILE – Rogers High School in Spokane. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane police are investigating a former Rogers High School teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student.

Colton Reavis, 24 has admitted to the relationship but reportedly told his father, who is also a teacher at Rogers, that it was “consensual and he had text messages to prove it,” court records say. The student also admitted to the relationship and along with her parents, told authorities she doesn’t want to press charges.

Reavis, who began teaching at Rogers in 2017, taught general science and biomedical classes, said school spokesman Kevin Morrison. The student was not in one of his classes.

Court records say the student acknowledged the relationship on March 8, when she told a guidance counselor because the relationship was “too stressful.” That day, and according to court documents, Spokane Public Schools Security Director Mark Sterk contacted police.

The following morning on March 9, school officials held a meeting with Reavis, who already had retained an attorney, court records say. He was placed on administrative leave and resigned a week later on March 14.

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As of May 14, he has not been arrested or charged with a crime.

Detectives interviewed the student at her home in early March. Court records say she told them the two met in a hallway at school last fall.

Months later, the two started messaging over Instagram, according to court documents. Eventually, they exchanged phone numbers.

Court records say a physical relationship began in January, when the student said she was invited to Reavis’ home. The student told detectives the relationship was consensual.

When speaking to police, the student apparently emphasized that she initiated talking to Reavis and that there were “two sides all around,” court records say.

In a search warrant filed Friday in Spokane County Superior Court, detectives were seeking permission to access Reavis’ and the student’s Instagram accounts, where they exchanged multiple messages.

Court records say the former teacher instructed the student to regularly delete all of her messages between them.

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