Prosecutors: Redmond teacher sent sexual messages to fictitious teen

REDMOND, Wash. — A teacher at a suburban Seattle private school has been criminally charged with four counts of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes, prosecutors said.

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Nathan Williams of Kirkland is accused of engaging in online sexual conversations with an undercover Seattle police officer he thought was a 13-year-old girl, The Seattle Times reported.

Charges filed Friday say as of May 26, Williams was on staff at the Brighton Academy in Redmond and taught on site.

Jail and court records show Williams was arrested June 2 and posted $70,000 bail the next day. According to the Brighton Academy’s website, the school offers one-on-one instruction and tutoring. A voicemail left for the academy wasn’t immediately returned Wednesday.

Williams is being represented by Kent attorneys Brad Barshis and Charlie Varni.

“We’ll work toward showing my client didn’t do the things that he’s been alleged to have done,” Barshis told the newspaper.

Williams began communicating with a fictitious girl he knew as “Carli” in April after “matching” with her profile on the dating site OKCupid, charges say. His messages to an undercover Seattle police officer assigned to the FBI’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force included acknowledgments of “Carli’s” purported age, according to the charges.

Per his jail release conditions, Williams was ordered by the court not to have contact with minors without exception, the charges say.

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