A 26-year-old science teacher was arrested Thursday on suspicion of sexual misconduct with a male student, according to the Bainbridge Island Police Department.

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A Bainbridge Island High School teacher who had been under investigation since February for alleged inappropriate conduct with a student was arrested Thursday, police said.

The first-year science teacher, a 26-year-old woman, was booked into Kitsap County Jail in connection with allegations of sexual misconduct with a juvenile male, according to the Bainbridge Island Police Department.

Bainbridge Island School District officials contacted the police department on Feb. 25 after high-school administrators heard about the alleged conduct, according to an email sent to families by Principal Mary Alice O’Neill. The chemistry and biology teacher was placed on administrative leave.

The woman was arrested on suspicion of first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor, communication with a minor for immoral purposes and tampering with a witness, according to the police department.

The district hired the woman last year and conducted a full background check, the school district wrote in a statement. The district began its own internal investigation after the woman was placed on administrative leave.

Counselors will be available at the high school to help students with any concerns they have about the case, the school district wrote.