Othello community stunned at Davis' molestation accusation




Posted on July 10, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 10 at 10:41 AM

OTHELLO, Wash. -- An Othello student said he fondly remembers times spent with Lisa Davis.

Davis, an accused child molester and former 5th and 6th grade teacher, resigned in June before allegations that she was sexually inappropriate with one of her male students.

Alex Acevedo and others in the community were shocked to learn of the allegations. The 16-year-old did not attend Scootney Springs Elementary, but said he often visited Davis before soccer practice.

“She was more of a friend than a teacher to be honest,” Acevedo said. “Always when people wanted candy, they would go to her classroom, visit her, ask her questions, would make everything fun.”

Othello police said the month long investigation lead them to believe the accusations. Officials said Davis resigned before the investigation was completed.

“These are serious allegations and it’s a very serious case, one we are not taking lightly. So everybody wants to make sure we do the right things,” said Chief Steve Dunnagan, the Othello Police Chief.

Acevedo is troubled by the claims.

“I’m gonna be with her until she’s proven guilty,” he said, adding that if it turns out she is guilty of the accusations, he would feel sadness and disbelief.

The school district notified the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction about the case. The district said OSPI will conduct its own investigation with the possibility of taking action that could affect Davis' teaching certificate.