A 24-year-old Medina man was criminally charged this week for allegedly sexually touching a 16-year-old boy. Leonard Wolfork was fired in March.
A 24-year-old Medina man who was fired from his job at Bellevue High School in March was charged this week with second-degree sexual misconduct with a minor, accused of putting his hands down the pants of a 16-year-old male student.
A summons was issued to Leonard Wolfork, who is to appear for arraignment in King County Superior Court on May 18, court records show.
Wolfork, a 2009 graduate of Bellevue High School, was placed on administrative leave in February, when Bellevue School District officials became aware of the Medina Police Department’s investigation into Wolfork’s alleged conduct with the student, said district spokeswoman Elizabeth Sytman.
A letter was sent home to parents in February, notifying them of the investigation, she said. Wolfork was an educational assistant in charge of parking before he was terminated March 17, Sytman said.
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On Jan. 6, the 16-year-old boy was asleep on a couch at Wolfork’s Medina home when the boy woke at 3 a.m. to find Wolfork’s hand in his pants, sexually touching him, charging papers say. The boy got up, made an excuse to go home and left almost immediately, the papers say.
The boy told a friend and his mother what had happened, but law enforcement wasn’t notified until the teen wrote about the incident in a school-writing assignment, according to the charges.
Medina police say Wolfork denied sexually touching the teen but did admit to allowing the student to drink alcohol at his residence, according to charging papers.
The charges say Wolfork had “numerous discrepancies in his statements” to police, several apparent violations of school policy — such as writing notes to excuse students from class for no legitimate reason — and “questionable contacts with other students.”
For instance, a 15-year-old boy reported that Wolfork had sent him a video in February that showed Wolfork urinating, according to the charges. Wolfork also made comments to the boy about masturbation, according to the charges.
Wolfork, who does not have a criminal history, was ordered not to have any contact with the 16-year-old. He was also ordered not to have contact with any minors except in the presence of a responsible adult, court records show.