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Bremerton High School math teacher arraigned in county court Tuesday

A veteran math teacher at Bremerton High School was charged Tuesday with five counts of assault, four of which were sexually motivated.

Kevin Maib, 53, turned himself in at the Bremerton Police Department and was arrested for allegedly inappropriately touching several female students at the school. He was placed on paid administrative leave on Thursday, May 20.

Maib was released on his own recognizance the same day he was arrested.

He has been in the field of education for 27 years.

The Bremerton School District began an internal investigation on Maib’s conduct in January, said district spokesperson Joan Dingfield.

That investigation, conducted by Denise Zanske, the district’s personnel director, resulted in a verbal reprimand. When more allegations surfaced in March, Maib was given a written reprimand.

In May, however, parents of some of the students called the school’s resource officer, who began a police investigation.

Bremerton Police Department’s Det. Sue Schultz conducted that investigation. She spoke to four of Maib’s alleged victims. The girls reported “inappropriate unwanted sexual contact and comments,” according to a certificate of probable cause, which became public record on Tuesday. “The girls reported being uncomfortable about the contact and comments but were hesitant to report the incidents because he was a teacher.”

Dingfield said the district wants students to come forward if they have been the victim of inappropriate conduct.

“There’s one thing we want to be real specific about,” Dingfield said. “The best way a school district can maintain a safe atmosphere in schools is for students to come forward if they are experiencing things that make them uncomfortable.”

According to the probable cause statement, Maib told Schultz he had been on paid administrative leave twice before for similar complaints 10 years ago. Dingfield said there was nothing in Maib’s personnel file to support that statement.

The allegations of misconduct include giving hugs to students in the school-sponsored Valentine’s Day event the “Hug Zone,” and, while giving a female student a hug, he allegedly told her: “I like your shirt,” which was low-cut.

Another student told Schultz Maib hugged her and said “You feel great up against me.”

Other students told Schultz Maib would pat them on the backside and make sexually graphic comments to them.

Maib told Schultz he only hugs students who “are not in his class and that he has no direct responsibility for,” according to the probable cause statement. Schultz asked Maib if he thought it would be easy for a student to tell him if his actions made them uncomfortable and he replied “no.” To that, he added “he always got smiles from the students.”

Maib has been a teacher in the school district for 11 years and began teaching at BHS in 2001.

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