NKSD teacher charged with sexual misconduct
July 11, 2008 · Updated 3:41 PM
POULSBO — A teacher in the North Kitsap School District is facing charges of sexual misconduct.
North Kitsap High science teacher William (Bill) Thompson, 55, was charged Monday in Kitsap County District Court with fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation and two counts of sexual communication with a minor.
He is on paid administative leave while the district conducts an investigation, according to Chris Case, director of NKSD’s communications and community relations.
“We are cooperating with law enforcement and letting the legal process take its course,” Case said.
In a prepared statement, Thompson denied the allegations and said his 13 years of teaching were spent teaching kids to think, have fun and simultaneously learn about science.
Thompson was named the 2007 North Kitsap Teacher of the Year.
“I am not guilty of the charges leveled against me by the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office,” Thompson said. “To my colleagues, the parents of my students and those approximately 2,000 students I’ve had throughout these 13 years, I ask for your prayers and support as my family and I deal with this situation.”
He said he’s received letters, college graduation announcements, wedding invitations and repeated visits from former students, validating his efforts to make a difference in their lives.
The NKSD Board of Directors accepted Thompson’s resignation from the district at Thursday night’s regular meeting.