Monday, October 17, 2016
Married high school choir teacher, 25, is arrested 'for having sex with her 16-year-old male student'
A married 25-year-old high school teacher from Washington state has been arrested for allegedly having sex with a male student.
The Snohomish Country Sheriff’s Office said Olivia Sondheim was taken into custody last Wednesday after detectives served a search warrant at her Bothell residence.
Sondheim, who was in her second year teaching choir at Lynnwood High School, has been charged with first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor
Sondheim has been placed on administrative leave
According to officials, the victim in the case was 16 years old at the time of his alleged tryst with the teacher.
Sondheim was booked into the Snohomish County Jail after her arrest. She has been placed on leave at the high school pending the outcome of the investigation.
Administrators with the Edmonds School District first learned of the allegations against Sondheim last week and relayed the information to a school resource officer who, in turn, contacted the authorities, leading to the teacher’s arrest, reported the Seattle Times.
During the course of the investigation, detectives allegedly uncovered evidence that Sondheim and her male student developed a relationship which, over time, became sexual. The boy is now 17 years old.
School district spokeswoman Debbie Joyce told the station KGMI that Olivia Sondheim had passed background checks before she was hired to teach choir part time at Lynnwood High last year.
As of Monday afternoon, Sondheim's name still appeared on Lynnwood High School's website.
'I am excited to get to know each and every one of you,' the teacher wrote on a page dedicated to the school choir.
Sondheim revealed in a Facebook message posted on Washington State University’s page last year that she and her husband, Daniel Sondheim, met through their respective sorority and fraternity in 2012 and got married in May 2014 after a year-long engagement.