Hot to Trot Teach Gets Probation After Conviction of Contributing to the Sexual Delinquency of Lucky Student

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from – MOLALLA, OR (KPTV) –
A former social studies teacher has pleaded guilty to charges of contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor.

Tanya Earle entered her plea during a settlement conference on Dec. 21. She was a teacher at Molalla High School

She was arrested in March, and deputies said the abuse happened prior to 2011.

She was sentenced to three years probation, 60 days wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet at home, and she must register as a sex offender. Earle must also complete an evaluation and treatment for being a sex offender.

Earle is not allowed to be a teacher again or have any contact with the school or the victim.

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from – A Molalla High School teacher sexually abused a student multiple times during the boy’s senior year, according to allegations contained in court documents released Wednesday.

Tanya Maroochy Earle, 37, of Oregon City is accused of nine counts of second- and third-degree sexual abuse between Sept. 1, 2007, and Sept. 1, 2008. The victim, now 21, graduated from Molalla High School in 2008.

A Clackamas County grand jury indicted Earle on March 16, and she surrendered to authorities March 21. She was released from the Clackamas County Jail after posting the required 10 percent of her $100,000 bail. She will be arraigned April 17 in Clackamas County Circuit Court.

The indictment does not specify where the alleged crimes occured.

Earle did not respond to telephone messages seeking comment, and no one answered the door at her apartment.

The indictment accuses Earle of having sexual contact, intercourse and deviate intercourse with the victim, who at the time was not old enough to consent to the acts. Second-degree sexual abuse is a Class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $125,000 fine.

Earle, who came to Molalla in 2000, was placed on paid administrative leave in mid-December after a fellow staff member approached administrators with information, according to Molalla River School District Superintendent Wayne Kostur. He said the district reported Earle to Molalla police and state child-welfare authorities. A complaint also has been filed with the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.

Authorities initiated a criminal investigation last year, according to Sgt. Adam Phillips, spokesman for the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

Earle, a California native who moved to Oregon to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Willamette University, has been active throughout the community, especially in the arts. She once took part in a Clackamas Community College production of “Oklahoma!” and sometimes sings with local bands.

In 2005 she earned a Fulbright Teacher Exchange grant to send her to the United Kingdom, according to the Molalla Pioneer newspaper.

In Molalla, she is known as an energetic and outspoken teacher. In 2007, she became the adviser for a fledgling Gay-Straight Alliance, a club that was decried by a number of parents in the community. She defended the group in a letter to the editor and once penned a column challenging education’s high-stakes testing culture.

This past trimester, she taught a number of social science classes, including history, psychology, civics and law. Recently, she had become the adviser of the school’s Mock Trial club, according to Molalla High School Principal Randy Dalton.

Dalton said students thought highly of her. “It’s a sad story for all involved,” he said. “You hate to hear about those kind of things.”

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