A long-time Bellevue Christian teacher is alleged to have a history of molesting students, actions which one victim’s family said the school “swept under the rug”, according court documents filed Wednesday.
Ed Sloan, 45, has being charged with child molestation in the second degree for inappropriately touching a then-12-year-old student in 2012. A police investigation into the allegations unveiled two other complaints against Sloan that were reported to Bellevue Christian administrators, but seemingly never remedied.
It is alleged that Sloan molested the complainant — identified in court documents as A.C. — several times while she was a seventh grader at the Bellevue Christian School.
After telling the victim’s father during a parent-teacher conference that the educator felt he had a “special connection” with A.C., Sloan then began coming up behind the young girl and pushing his groin against her lower back/buttocks on several occasions. He then held her hand and prevented her from walking with friends during a May 2012 field trip to the Museum of Flight before slipping his hand underneath her skirt and underwear and attempting to penetrate her buttocks with his finger. The girl reported the incident to her parents, who in turn notified school administrators.
When the girl’s parents sat down with then-Bellevue Christian High School Principal Sue Tameling and Junior High Vice Principal Mike Olsen, the former proposed the parents have a joint meeting with Sloan, which the parents rejected. Afterwards, nothing came of their complaint, they told police.
“They felt that Tameling did not take the complaint seriously and ‘swept it under the rug,'” according to court documents.
While investigating A.C.’s allegations, it was discovered that two other female students had made formal complaints against Sloan going back to 1999.
A then-14-year-old told Bellevue Christian administrators in 2001 that Sloan had grabbed her breast, while another girl told an educator about an incident in which Sloan unzipped her sweater without warning to examine her chest during the 2003-2004 school year.
Sloan responded to the latter complaint by declaring that girls were “liars, storytellers and fabricators”, former interim junior high principal Jamie Simpa told investigators. The incident file was given to the then-superintendent, despite Sloan reportedly demanded nothing be documented and became angry with a counselor who reported information about complaints about him.
However, nothing came other either allegation and everything was “whitewashed”, Simpa is recorded as saying in court documents.
Bellevue Christian Superintendent Tim Krell did not respond to requests for comment. Ina statement released to the media, he said that the school is taking this incident very seriously and is cooperating with law enforcement. They are also conducting a full review of their safety guidelines and protocols.
Sloan was reportedly placed on administrative leave through the end of this school year, and will not be returning for the 2016-2017 school year.