Ex-Kent-Meridian office worker pleads not guilty to rape charge

Woman allegedly had sexual relationship with 15-year-old male student.

  • Thursday, November 30, 2017 4:21pm
  • News

A former office staff employee at Kent-Meridian High School pleaded not guilty to third-degree child rape for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old male student.

Kristal M. Gamble, 33, of Olympia, entered the plea Thursday in King County Superior Court at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. She is scheduled to return to court Dec. 12, but those court dates are often continued numerous times as attorneys prepare the case.

Kent Police arrested Gamble Nov. 15 for investigation of rape. She was booked into the county jail and posted bail on Nov. 16. Bail was set at $10,000.

Gamble initiated an inappropriate relationship with the victim that began with text messages and escalated into a sexual assault, according to charging papers. Facebook and text messages between Gamble and the student occurred from April through August of this year, according to time stamps.

The boy’s parents found sexual photos and messages on their son’s cellphone, then contacted Kent Police in September, according to court documents. By then, Gamble was no longer working at Kent-Meridian, according to the Kent School District.

Explicit communication between Gamble and the student occurred during school days, the incident report said. The boy said initial exchanges pertained to school and her wanting to be his mentor. However, he said, a lot of flirting began and that she wanted to have sex with him, the incident report said.

Gamble, according to the incident report, made a deal with the student, telling him that if had good attendance at school, she would have sex with him. The woman met the student at a water park near the high school, where she gave the boy oral sex, according to charging papers.

More in News

Kent’s YMCA gets $5 million in state grants with budget approval

Kent schools, Mill Creek flood project also receive large grants

Ballot initiative threat has energy industry warming to governor’s proposed carbon tax

By Josh Kelety/WNPA Olympia News Bureau With environmental activists threatening a carbon… Continue reading

Kent City Council seeks volunteers to write pro, con statements about police ballot measure

City leaders plan to put proposal in front of voters on April 24

Highline College accepting applications for president

In its next president, Highline College is seeking an open, inspirational leader… Continue reading

Keiser, Senate Democrats push safety for sanitation workers

By Alex Visser/WNPA Olympia News Bureau The legacy of Martin Luther King,… Continue reading

Kent gets another grant to extend new 132nd Avenue pedestrian path

Project will go from SE 248th Street to SE 240th Street

Most Read