No jail time for former THS librarian who had sex with student

Elizabeth KinKade
Elizabeth KinKade

OKANOGAN – A former Tonasket High School librarian accused of having sex with an 18-year-old student will not serve jail time after an Okanogan County Superior Court Judge accepted a plea agreement.

Under the deal approved by Judge Christopher Culp, Elizabeth KinKade, 37, will serve nine months on electronic home monitoring. Culp approved the agreement because he said the 18-year-old boy did not want to pursue charges.

On May 19, Tonasket administration received evidence of misconduct by KinKade, a classified librarian at Tonasket Middle/High School. She was put on administrative leave and a special board meeting was convened on May 21 to address the issue. The board voted unanimously to terminate her employment.

Elizabeth Ann Kinkade
Elizabeth Ann Kinkade

On May 20, Tonasket police had questioned the student at the police station and he admitted to the affair, saying KinKade and he had intercourse five times, all off school grounds. KinKade was also called to the police station where she made a statement, and admitted to the affair, which she said had been going on for one to two months.

At her arraignment in June she pleaded not guilty to all five counts. In August she pleaded guilty to one count of sexual misconduct with a minor and the court dismissed the other four charges.

She was originally arrested in May after telling deputies her husband fired a gun outside of their home when she told him about the affair with the student.

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