TACOMA, WA – Today Michael Allen, 33, pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct with a minor in the first degree, and violation of a no contact order. Allen, a University Place biology teacher, had sex multiple times with his 17-year-old student. After he was arrested and charged, Allen continued to communicate with the victim, ignoring the court’s no-contact order. He is scheduled to be sentenced on October 2, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. in room 260 of the County-City Building in Tacoma.
“Our schools should be safe havens,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “This teacher abused the trust of his position and is being held accountable.”
In January, 2014 Allen and the victim, who was his teacher’s aide, began exchanging phone calls and text messages. On January 17th, school administrators learned the two were spending time together, and they placed Allen on administrative leave. He was told not to contact the victim. During an internal investigation, administrators reviewed the victim’s phone records and found thousands of messages she exchanged with Allen, including after Allen was placed on leave.
School administrators contacted the University Place Police Department on February 11th to report the relationship. The victim told detectives she had sex with Allen three times after he was placed on administrative leave. Allen was arrested and charged, and the court imposed an order prohibiting Allen from contacting the victim. Allen posted $25,000 bail and was released.
On February 24th, the victim told detectives that Allen had contacted her on Twitter and gave her a pre-paid cell phone so they could continue to talk. Allen was charged with violating the Court’s order, and has been held in custody since March 20th.
Assistant to Prosecutor Mark Lindquist
Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office