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Jury trial date set for Bremerton teacher

Bremerton High School teacher Kevin Maib, pleaded not guilty to four counts of misdemeanor assault with sexual motivation and faces a Sept. 7 trial.

In a recently released letter responding to the Bremerton School District’s investigation in April, Maib vehemently denies accusations that he made inappropriate comments and had uncomfortable physical contact with students.

“Before this incident, in 27 years of successfully teaching children in grades K-12, I have never been legitimately accused of inappropriate behavior towards anyone,” he stated in a letter to Bremerton School District’s Personnel Director Denise Zaske after receiving a written reprimand.

“Surely, if I had a problem that I ‘left students feeling uncomfortable and unsafe’ other complaints would have rightly surfaced long ago,” Maib wrote.

A letter of reprimand dated April 15 outlined the school district’s expectations after a discussion between Maib and former Principal Eric Hogan occurred April 2.

“You will refrain from all touching that could be interpreted as unwelcome, suggestive, and/or gender-directed, i.e. arm around a student’s waist, asking for hugs, etc.” read the first request.

“You will maintain high professional standards with clearly defined boundaries in your role as a professional educator. In this regard, you will refrain from comments related to student appearance and/or dress. Such terms as “good-lookin’” and “looker” will not be used,” the document read.

In completing a probable cause statement against him, Bremerton Police Detective Sue Schultz recorded accounts of four female students who said he made uncomfortable gestures toward them.

Besides giving students hugs, the students claimed he made inappropriate statements about their bodies.

In his letter to Zaske, Maib stated the claims were not valid.

“If these female students feel so unsafe, why did they never come forward on their own?” he said in his letter. “If they feel so unsafe, why do they continue to smile, wave, and initiate ‘Hello’s’ in the hall and come to my classroom during my preparation period when they know I don’t have a class?”

Maib was placed on administrative leave the week of May 16.

Zaske said Maib will remain on paid administrative leave until the jury trial is completed, and then the school district can complete their investigation of allegations made against him.

No changes have been made to Maib’s current contract.

“That is one of the most difficult things to do after something like this happens,” Zaske said.

Maib, 52, has has been teaching in the Bremerton School District for 11 years.

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