It started when a mom checking her daughter's cell phone noticed a text detailing a teacher's sexual history. That history belonged to Taryn Fairbanks, a 33-year-old at Garfield High School who taught English and acted as an adviser for the school newspaper. And that text was the first step in a process that would lead to Fairbanks leaving the school and King County prosecutors filing charges of first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor against her.
Taryn Fairbanks is accused of having sex with a student.
As The Seattle Times reports, Garfield's principal was notified by police and found out that many of his own students, and some from other schools, as kids are want to do, had long gossiped about Fairbanks.
Cops then spoke to a 17-year-old student, who said that Fairbanks had "performed a sex act with him" during a party at his house while his parents were out of town. A 19-year-old former Garfield student also admitted to a "one-night connection," but declined to give police details.
When cops talked to Fairbanks she admitted to being at the party. According to the police report, she said she had to drop off "some T-shirts and supplies for the school newspaper retreat."
She talked to police about the sex act and told them that it came in the middle of a relapse, and that she has an issue with alcohol. (Under activities on her Facebook page she lists "Sober Softball.")
Fairbanks taught in Kent and Renton before coming to Garfield in 2006. In early June, before the investigation began, she handed administrators her resignation letter and moved to her hometown of Las Vegas.
She hasn't been arrested yet. And reading between the lines of comments from detectives -- who are "hoping that if there are other victims that they'll come forward" -- it's clear this may not be the last incident she's linked to.