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Ex-Othello teacher pleads not guilty to molesting student

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Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 9:00 am

RITZVILLE - Former Othello elementary teacher Lisa Davis made her first appearance in court Monday afternoon, pleading not guilty to molesting a 10-year-old boy.

Adams County prosecutors charged Davis, 48, with first-degree child molestation. She is accused of molesting a student at Scootney Springs Elementary School in Othello, according to court documents.

Friends and family embraced Davis following Monday's hearing outside the Ritzville courtroom.

Patrick Earl, of Moses Lake, Davis' attorney, declined to comment further. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Carolyn Benzel also declined to comment Monday afternoon.

Davis was released and ordered not to contact the alleged victim. She is also prohibited from contact with any minor males and frequenting places where minors congregate, according to court documents.

Othello School District officials received information May 30 indicating possible inappropriate conduct between Davis and a student. The Human Resources director contacted the Othello Police Department the same day, according to court documents.

Davis was placed on administrative leave and resigned following the accusations.

The alleged relationship began in late 2012 and continued into 2013, according to a police report. Davis and the boy allegedly spent a lot of time together and spoke frequently on the phone. She also allegedly took the boy to movies out of town and gave gifts to him and his family.

According to court documents, Davis admitted to inappropriately touching the boy two or three times. The child said the incidents happened in her classroom and at a house belonging to Davis' friend.

If convicted, Davis could face a maximum life sentence and up to a $50,000 fine.

A pre-trial hearing in Adams County Superior Court is scheduled for Sept. 9.

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