Former Auburn Adventist teacher pleads not guilty to rape charge
By ROBERT WHALE
Covington Reporter Contributor
March 3, 2010 · Updated 5:51 PM
A former Auburn Adventist Academy teacher accused of having sex with a teenage female student pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a count of third-degree rape of a child and two counts of first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor.
Scott Spies, 49, who had taught at the school since 2009, appeared with his attorney Jeff Cohen before Superior Judge Mary Roberts at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.
Spies and attorney declined comment afterward. He is free on $150,000 bail. His next court appearance is April 1.
Deputy prosecutor David Gross asked that Spies have no contact at all with any minors, but Roberts directed that he have no contact with minors unless the meeting occurs in the presence of an adult who is aware of the charges. A non-contact order with his former student remains in place.
If convicted on all three counts, Spies could spend up to five years in prison, according to the King County Prosecutor's Office.
School officials said they fired Spies immediately after he allegedly admitted to having sex with the student. Auburn Police arrested him at his apartment and booked him into the Regional Justice Center in Kent.
School officials said they are helping the girl and providing counselors for other students.Contact Covington Reporter Contributor Robert Whale at email@example.com.