Monday, August 13, 2007
Way to start off the week...
Former teacher arrested in kidnapping, rape of boy
A former elementary school teacher has been charged with kidnapping a 10-year-old student and is suspected of raping him multiple times.
Jennifer Rice, 37, was arrested Saturday and booked into the Pierce County Jail for investigation of kidnapping, five counts of first-degree child rape, and four counts of child molestation.
On Monday she pleaded not guilty in Pierce County Superior Court to a charge of kidnapping with sexual motivation, and prosecutors said more charges could follow.
Sheriff spokesman Ed Troyer said Rice was working as a contract teacher at McKinley Elementary School earlier this year and the alleged victim was a student in her class.
The boy's father told investigators that until about one month ago, Rice had come to their house several times to take the boy to movies, and often talked to him online. The father was concerned about the nature of the relationship and told the woman not to come back, Troyer said.
On Saturday the man woke up and discovered that his son was not home and his bed had been made to look like he was sleeping.