Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 38-year-old woman with eight counts of first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor for allegedly having sex with a teenager she taught at Tacoma's Mount Tahoma High School.
Veronica Chantel Dawkins is to appear in Pierce County Superior Court on Friday morning for arraignment.
Dawkins taught English at Mount Tahoma until last week when school officials learned of the allegations against her. She was placed on administrative leave Thursday and resigned Tuesday, said Dan Voelpel, spokesman for Tacoma Public Schools.
The 18-year-old student told investigators he and Dawkins began a consensual sexual relationship in December, according to court records.
"The relationship didn't just materialize out of thin air," he allegedly told a detective. "It developed."
Dawkins said their first sexual encounter occurred during the Christmas break at a house where the student lives alone, court records show. The final encounter took place Saturday, according to the records.
Dawkins, who is married with two children, said she broke off the relationship because she began to feel guilty, the records show.
It is illegal in Washington for a teacher to have sex with a student, even if the student is of the age of consent.
Dawkins joined Tacoma Public Schools as a substitute in 1998 and was hired full-time in 1999, Voelpel said. She taught at Hunt Middle School before moving to Mount Tahoma.
The district has notified the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction about the allegations, Voelpel added.