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Todd Bender, former Ferris assistant principal, pleads guilty to child molestation charges

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Former Ferris High School assistant principal Todd Bender changed his plea from not guilty to guilty of child molestation Thursday afternoon.

Bender was arrested back in 2014 and turned himself in to jail. He posted bond and got out a few hours later. But he was locked up again in September when prosecutors say he violated the conditions of his release by driving to his past victim's house.

Since his arrest, court documents show he admitted to having sexual encounters with a teenage boy who was friends with his family three separate times. 

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.

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. 

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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.

Bender is set to go before a judge and plead guilty on Thursday afternoon.

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