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Redmond High School counselor arrested after student reveals sexual misconduct

A Redmond High School counselor, Derik Detweiler, 35, was arrested on Friday, May 31, following a 17-year-old student’s report to Lake Washington School District staff alleging he was in a months-long romantic relationship with the counselor, wrote Redmond Detective Marshall Tolbert in the court documents.

Since the student told staff on May 22, Detweiler, of Kenmore, has since been charged with communicating with a minor for immoral purposes, sexual misconduct with a minor in the second degree and furnishing liquor to a minor, according to charging documents filed by King County Prosecutor Leesa Manion.

After finding enough evidence to obtain an arrest warrant for him, Redmond detectives located Detweiler in Wyoming — where he traveled after being placed on administrative leave on May 22, the city of Redmond wrote in a news release.

Law enforcement took Detweiler into custody in Wyoming on May 30, where he continues to await extradition to Washington.

Throughout the relationship, the student and former counselor exchanged more than 5,000 messages, including voice and video calls, text messages, photos and videos through an application called WhatsApp — several of Detweiler’s messages contained sexual comments, according to the court filings. text messages.

The student told police the two met in person 12 to 13 times, including walks, car rides and dinners at Detweiler’s home. Eventually it became too much for Detweiler, even going so far as to make sexual advances and show off his guns.

“The student said Detweiler told her that if she ever left him, he would kill himself with the guns,” according to a Tolbert report.

The charging documents stated that Detweiler gave the student a key to his apartment as a gift.

Prosecutors asked the King County Superior Court to set bail at $500,000 due to Detweiler’s “predatory acts of sexual abuse while in a position of trust with minors, coupled with the suspect’s statements of suicide harm, access to firearms and flight from this jurisdiction. ”

In a statement, Redmond Police Chief Darrell Lowe praised the student for having the courage to come forward and reminded parents to reach out to their children.

“We encourage parents to talk to their children that if they hear or see something, they should immediately tell a trusted adult. We also remind parents to monitor their children’s social media activities and report anything suspicious,” he wrote.

In a press release, Lake Washington School District (LWSD) wrote that they have fully cooperated with RPD during the investigation and take the protection of students very seriously.

“The health, safety and well-being of students remains LWSD’s utmost concern throughout this process,” wrote Superintendent Jon Holmen. “LWSD will continue to take appropriate action to achieve that goal.”

While the district plans to refrain from further comment to ensure student confidentiality, they urge anyone with additional information to call RPD at 425-556-2500.

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