RITZVILLE – A former Othello school teacher reportedly admitted to having an inappropriate relationship with a 10-year-old male student.
Prosecutors charged 48-year-old Lisa Davis with child molestation in the first degree in Adams County Superior Court on Friday.
The Othello School District's human resource director made the initial report to Othello police, saying they had information that Davis was having a “suspicious and unprofessional” relationship with one of her fifth-grade students, according to court documents.
Davis, the alleged victim's reading teacher at Scootney Elementary School, spent a lot of time together with her male student, speaking frequently on the phone, taking the victim out of town to watch movies and giving gifts to him and his family, according to Othello police.
The alleged relationship lasted from late 2012 into 2013, and ended after Davis' husband called the victim's father to tell him to stop letting the victim call Davis, according to court documents.
The victim allegedly said they engaged in inappropriate behavior, which Othello police investigators claim was the two kissing and her touching his genitals. The alleged incidents happened in the classroom and at a home belonging to a friend of Davis.
She reportedly admitted to her family she participated in the “inappropriate behavior” with her student, saying there were two or three incidents.
Davis resigned her position with the school district on June 18, and it was accepted on June 24, according to KXLY. She has worked for more than 14 years as a teacher, getting her degree from Central Washington University.
Davis was not incarcerated in the Adams County Jail in Ritzville on Tuesday.