Molalla H.S. teacher accused of having sex with student

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Tanya Earle (Photo: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office)

MOLALLA, Ore. – A Molalla High School teacher was arrested on Tuesday and accused of having sex with a minor, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

Tanya Earle, 37, faces multiple charges of sex abuse and turned herself in March 21 after the student came forward last year, the sheriff's office said.

Court documents show the alleged abuse happened sometime between September 2007 and September 2008. It's not clear if the victim was her student or not.

Earle is currently out on $100,000 bail and is due back in court on April 17. She is also on paid administrative leave from the school.

Earle has been charged with nine counts of second degree sex abuse.

She taught social studies at Molalla High School and has been with the district for the past ten years.

The Molalla River School District superintendent said he first heard about the accusations from another employee.

"Mid-December an employee of our district let us know that another employee may have had some inappropriate contact with a student," Wayne Kostur said.

KATU tried to contact Earle at her home on Tuesday to hear her side of the story. We did not reach her.

Several students at her school said they were shocked to hear the allegations.

"I don't believe they're true," said junior Ben Hutchings. "I think she's a great person and shouldn't be put through all this."

"Really surprised. She seemed really cool," said senior Hayden Johnson. "Of all the teachers at the school that I would expect anything from, she was probably the last of them."

Earle's next court date, an arraignment, is scheduled for later in April.