Jessica Fuchs, a science teacher at Bainbridge Island High School in Washington state, was arrested by police last week following a two-and-a-half-month investigation into an alleged sexual relationship she had with a 16-year-old student.
Fuchs had been placed on administrative leave since February 25 after she was first accused of an inappropriate relationship with one of her students. Students at the school told KOMO they were suspicious when Fuchs “just disappeared” from her classes, and that rumors had swirled for weeks.
According to police records obtained by KIRO, Fuchs and her alleged teenage lover traded a series of texts, emails, and Snapchats that were “sexual in nature” and “detailed sexual activity.” Fuch also allegedly sent the teen a video of herself masturbating and titled the clip “ForMyBaby!”
The two were apparently discovered when Fuchs’ husband walked in on her “performing oral sex on the teenager” in their home; the teen’s mother also found incriminating Snapchats on her son’s phone.
And in an attempt to cover her tracks, police records state, Fuchs searched “how to permanently delete cellphone records” on her school computer the same day school officials were informed of her relationship with the student. She also at one point searched “Paternity Tests.”
Police also claim Fuchs tried at one point to compel the teen to lie to police, citing this text message she sent the teen:
Well protect me as best you can. Remember NOTHING COMES OUT EVER! About anything, you have been to my house only once. Lie like you have NEVER lied before and try to get your mom to side with you completely and say this was all a misunderstanding! And tell the investigator that!
Her pleas appear to have worked at first: When police first interviewed the teen, the Bainbridge Island Review reports, he denied the affair and said the Snapchats “were actually from a friend.” (He later confessed to the relationship to his mother.)
The male student allegedly involved with Fuchs is reportedly no longer enrolled at Bainbridge Island High. Fuch was charged by police with first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor and tampering with a witness.