Wendy Wagoner, paraprofessional at Washington State’s Graham Kapowsin High School arrested having sex with teen boy who told deputies they planned to be together upon him turning 18.
A teacher’s aide at a Washington state high school has been arrested after allegedly having sex with a 17-year-old boy who told deputies the two plan to be together once he turns 18.
Wendy Wagoner, a 49-year-old paraprofessional at Graham Kapowsin High School in Pierce County, was charged Thursday with first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor and communication with a minor for immoral purposes after a school employee caught her kissing the teen last month, according to charging documents obtained by the Tacoma News Tribune.
Wagoner of Spanaway, who oversaw the teen’s specialized educated plan, later resigned from her job after the district launched an investigation, saying she ‘did not deserve’ the probe.
The teen told deputies that he and Wagoner planned to be together romantically once he turns 18, according to charging documents.
‘She is my everything,’ the teen said — although both he and Wagoner denied having a sexual relationship.
Wendy Wagoner victim used cellphone to search for legal age of consent.
Of note, investigators established the teen having used his cellphone to search for the legal age of consent in Washington, as well as possible penalties for a student-teacher relationship.
The age of consent in Washington state is 16, but there are several exceptions, including when sex acts occur between a teacher and a student. The state Supreme Court has ruled that the law applies to students up to the age of 21.
Investigators also found explicit text messages between Wagoner and the teen, including some sent during school hours.
‘I knew what I was doing was wrong, and I’m beating myself up really bad right now,’ Wagoner told detectives.
Pierce County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Scott Peters told KIRO that Wagoner told the teen to delete any record of messages they exchanged. Peters said several messages show that they had a sexual relationship, but Wagoner was not charged with raping the teen because he was 17 when the alleged contact occurred.
‘For a child rape charge, you need a child under the age of 16,’ Peters told the media outlet.
Wagoner also ignored orders by detectives to stay away from the student multiple times, instead opting to use different phones to continue communicating with the teen. A neighbor later reported seeing her hugging the teen last week, deputies said.
Wagoner has pleaded not guilty. She was released from Pierce County Jail after posting $50,000 bail, online records show.