Ex-teaching assistant charged in rape of Seattle student

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle man who worked as a teaching assistant at an elementary school has been charged with child rape and molestation.

The Seattle Times reports that 40-year-old Albert C. Virachismith is accused of raping a 9-year-old boy inside a John Muir Elementary School bathroom multiple times during the 2016-17 academic year.

Charging papers filed on Tuesday say Virachismith is accused of assaulting the then-second-grader five to six times. The student told his father about the alleged abuse.

Virachismith is being held at the King County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bond.

Kim Schmanke, a spokeswoman for Seattle Public Schools, says the school district immediately barred Virachismith when the allegations surfaced.

It wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney.