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Teacher Molested 8-year-old Special Needs Girl in School; Kid Reported Incident to Mother who Got the Teacher Arrested in Washington

Teacher Molested 8-year-old Special Needs Girl in School; Kid Reported Incident to Mother who Got the Teacher Arrested in Washington

BELLEVUE, WA: Authorities in Bellevue are seeking assistance from local residents regarding an ongoing investigation involving a substitute special education teacher. The individual, aged 73, has been apprehended on charges of allegedly molesting a minor at Newport Heights Elementary School.

Robert Scroggs has been charged with first-degree child molestation by the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Scroggs was arrested at approximately 3:10 p.m. on Friday and taken into custody at King County jail, according to the police.

According to the Bellevue Police Department (BPS), Scroggs has been a dedicated special education teacher for the Bellevue School District. Most recently, Scroggs worked in the special-needs department at Newport Heights Elementary School from January to April 2024. According to the police, his employment history raises concerns about the potential for additional victims.

If you have any information, please contact the authorities immediately at 911 or the NORCOM non-emergency line at 425-577-5656. Police have provided contact information for victims to reach out to detective sergeant Brenda Johnson at [email protected].

At approximately 1:34 p.m. on June 6, school officials reached out to the police following a report from a concerned mother regarding her 8-year-old daughter being a victim of sexual assault, as stated by the BPD.

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According to police reports, the parent informed the school that Scroggs frequently removed the student from class to address their social, emotional, and behavioral concerns. It was during these instances that Scroggs is accused of allegedly molesting the minor.

According to charging documents, the 8-year-old informed her mother about an inappropriate incident involving “Mr. Bob.” According to the child, Scroggs allegedly instructed her to lie down on her stomach on a bean bag chair in the resource room, where he would proceed to massage her back and buttocks.

According to charging documents, Scroggs allegedly instructed the 8-year-old to lie on her back and proceeded to massage the front half of her body, specifically from her breasts to her genitals. The student informed her mother that Scroggs had done this while they were alone in the resource room.

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Based on the charging documents, the mother mentioned that her daughter had shared an incident where Scroggs expressed his affection for her while leaving school. According to charging papers, the individual had also presented the child with small bracelets acquired during their trips abroad.

According to the police report, Scroggs allegedly made an inappropriate comment to the student about sitting on his lap in private as per KOMO News.

Prosecutors have requested that Scroggs’ bail be set at $100,000. The arraignment has been set for 8:30 a.m. on June 20 in King County court.

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