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High school counselor arrested and charged for inappropriate relationship with student – ​​KIRO 7 News Seattle

REDMOND, Wash. — A high school counselor was arrested after fleeing the state. Now he is facing charges of sexual abuse of a minor.

The suspect is 35-year-old Derik Detweiler. He worked as a counselor at Redmond High School, part of the Lake Washington School District. He was placed on administrative leave last week. Redmond police say he fled the state and was arrested Thursday in Wyoming.

“We are grateful to the student for having the courage to come forward because this relationship likely would have continued,” said Police Chief Darrell Lowe. “We encourage parents to have conversations with their children that if they hear or see anything worrying they should tell a trusted adult straight away. We also remind parents to monitor their children’s social media activity and report anything suspicious.”

Detweiler is charged with communicating with a minor for immoral purposes, second degree lewdness with a minor and furnishing alcoholic beverages to a minor.

Charging documents outline Detweiler’s alleged relationship with the student, starting as her counselor before it turned romantic in mid-March. The documents detail messages Detweiler allegedly sent that read “I could kiss you forever” and “I want to hold you until our bodies become one.”

The 17-year-old student told law enforcement that Detweiler gave him a key to his apartment, which he visited several times.

On one occasion, she claims Detweiler “told her that if she ever left him, he would kill himself with a gun.” She says he then started serving her “several glasses of red wine” and “got really ‘wise’.”

She reported the relationship to the school district on May 22. Detweiler was placed on leave that same day.

“Lake Washington School District takes student protection very seriously,” said Dr. Jon Holmen, Superintendent. “We will not be making any further comment at this time out of respect for student confidentiality and the integrity of the investigative process. The health, safety and well-being of students remain LWSD’s primary concern throughout this process. LWSD will continue to take appropriate action to meet this goal.”

Detweiler will be extradited back to Washington. His first court appearance is scheduled for June 13.