A Tacoma teacher accused of having sex with a 12-year-old sixth grader pleaded not guilty to five counts of second degree child rape Friday.
Pierce County Superior Court Judge Vicki Hogan set bail at $75,000 for 33-year-old Keshia Shaw of Puyallup, a teacher at Gray Middle School in Tacoma. The judge also ordered Shaw to have no contact with minors, with the exception of her own daughters, ages 6 and 8.
Shaw was taken into custody following her arraignment.
She remains on paid administrative leave from the Tacoma School District. Her annual salary is $58,584.
Prosecutors allege that five years ago Shaw had sex with the boy. They say encounters took place both at school and in the boy’s bedroom, while his mother was at work.
Shaw’s attorney Mike Kelly said after court proceedings Friday that he could not discuss the allegations.
“We entered pleas of not guilty, and we believe in those pleas,” he said.
The victim, now 17, came forward with the accusations after listening to a church sermon on sexual abuse, according to Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. After hearing the sermon, he told his mother, who then told a family friend. That friend informed authorities.