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Ferris High School Assistant Principal under investigation for child molestation

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Ferris High School Asst. Principal Todd Bender is being investigated for Third Degree Child Molestation Ferris High School Asst. Principal Todd Bender is being investigated for Third Degree Child Molestation
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*NOTE: This article contains graphic information*

Court Documents show Ferris High School Assistant Principal Todd Bender is being investigated for Third Degree Child Molestation, though as of Thursday night, he has not yet been charged with the crime.

On Wednesday, KHQ learned that Bender was placed on administrative leave from the high school earlier this month during a police investigation, however police would not specify what the case entailed. 

Court documents obtained by KHQ on Thursday painted a clearer picture. 

According to the documents, the father of an 18-year-old boy reported to Spokane Police on October 27, 2014 that his son was molested by a friend of the family, Todd Bender, three years ago. The victim stated that there were three incidents of sexual contact with Bender and they all happened when the victim was 14 and 15, and Bender was 40 and 41. The victim is now 18-years-old and Bender is now 44. 

Court documents cite that the first incident happened in between February 2011 and May 2011 at Bender's home in north Spokane. The victim said Bender invited him to his home to drink beer. The victim stated that Bender advised him to stay the night, so his parents wouldn't find out he was drinking. The victim then said he woke up later that night to Bender's hand inside his underwear, touching his penis. The victim said he pulled Bender's hand out of his pants, as Bender pretended to be asleep. 

The second incident, according to court documents, happened on or around the 4th of July in 2011 during a camping event at Diamond Lake. The victim stated that Bender invited him and his brother. During the night, Bender allegedly told the victim that he could sleep with him in a trailer, and once inside the trailer, he was given beer to drink. Documents say a similar incident to the one earlier in the year happened when the victim woke up to Bender's hand in his pants, touching his penis. The victim said again, he pulled Bender's hand out, as Bender pretended to be asleep. 

The victim stated in court documents that the third incident happened in the fall of 2011 when he turned 15. The victim said he and Bender were up at the Merkel Sports Complex chipping golf balls, and Bender gave him beer and a Kahlua Mudslide to drink. The two talked into the night, and at one point the victim said Bender reached his hand down the victim's pants, while at the same time grabbing the victim's hand trying to put it down Bender's pants. The victim resisted and demanded to be taken home. 

Court documents stated that the victim tried to suppress what had happened to him until this year, when towards the end of September, the victim's girlfriend told him that Bender had called her 14-year-old little brother and asked him to go golfing. The incident reminded the victim of what had happened to him three years earlier. Then on October 18, 2014, the victim said he was watching a 48hrs episode that involved two women who came forward years after they were molested by two teachers. 

The victim said he debated for days on whether or not to come forward and finally decided to tell his parents and fearing that there may be other victims, he decided to report it to the police. 

The victim said Bender has been contacting him almost every day for years, before and after the alleged molestation incidents, through phone calls and text messages. Court documents show police searched Bender's phone and found he last contacted the victim on October 17, 2014. Police said Bender was asking the victim what he was doing, but the victim never responded. Documents also corroborated the victim's girlfriend's story of Bender contacting her younger brother, as Bender's phone showed he had contacted him through phone and text recently.

The victim also stated in documents that he and his girlfriend saw Bender walking by his home during the night.  

As of 9:30 p.m. on November 7, 2014 Bender has not been arrested for any crime. He is currently in the hospital for undisclosed reasons.


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