TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Christopher Andrew McKay, 30, with four counts of sexual misconduct with a minor for having sex with a 16-year-old student from Washington High School. McKay is scheduled to be arraigned today at 1:30 p.m. in room 270 of the County-City Building in Tacoma.
“Our schools should be safe havens,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.
On Jan. 30, 2015, the student told a Pierce County Sheriff’s detective that she had been having sexual intercourse with McKay two or three times a month since April 2014. The student said she would arrive at school an hour early and study in McKay’s classroom. In March 2014, the two began communicating through text messages. A month later, they had sex for the first time after a walk on the beach. Over the next nine months, they had sex at McKay’s apartment and at his girlfriend’s house while she was at work.
On one occasion, McKay’s girlfriend returned home while the student was there. McKay told her that he was providing the student with emotional support because her mother had been diagnosed with cancer. McKay’s girlfriend told him not to bring students to her house.
The victim began to cut herself and had suicidal ideations. On a school day, the victim had a panic attack and begged McKay to stay home with her. A few hours later, she received a call from a person claiming to be McKay’s attorney. He told her that she needed to leave McKay’s apartment and not have further contact with him. When the victim called McKay, he said he could not speak to her because someone had called Child Protective Services.
Charges are only allegations and a person is presumed innocent unless he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Communications and Public Information Coordinator
Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office