SOUTH SOUND: Inmate attacked former educator, officials say

jpawloski@theolympian.comApril 5, 2013 

An inmate at the Thurston County Jail is accused of attacking former Black Hills High School para-educator Courtney Keller on Wednesday after her court appearance.

Keller, 28, is accused in court documents of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a former Black Hills student, starting when he was 16. Keller was released from jail following Wednesday’s court appearance on her personal recognizance, meaning she did not have to post bail.

A transient inmate accused of first-degree burglary and first-degree robbery allegedly grabbed Keller by the hair as she was exiting the video-conference table at the jail, and then pushed her to the ground, Thurston County Sheriff’s Lt. Greg Elwin said Thursday.

Corrections deputies at the jail quickly moved in to separate the inmate from Keller, Elwin said.

The inmate was cited with fourth-degree misdemeanor assault as a result of the incident, Elwin said. There is no known connection between Keller’s case and the man’s alleged attack, Elwin said. He added Keller suffered minor bruising from the attack.

Court officials said Thursday that the inmate accused of assaulting Keller has mental health issues.

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