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School security guard arrested for misconduct

A South Kitsap man who recently worked as a basketball coach and security guard for the Central Kitsap School District was arrested Thursday for allegedly engaging in sexual contact with a teen-aged girl, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department.

Andrew Alfred Jr., 33, on leave from Klahowya Secondary School near Silverdale, made an initial appearance in Kitsap County Superior Court Friday before Judge Theodore Spearman. Formal charging was scheduled for yesterday, Dec. 14.

Alfred was booked into Kitsap County Jail Thursday on one charge of sexual misconduct with a minor, first degree, a class C felony.

He was held under $50,000 bail, which Judge Theodore Spearman maintained Friday, despite defense attorney Tim Kelly’s contention that the prosecution had failed to demonstrate that Alfred posed either a flight risk or a danger to the community, and therefore he should be released on his own personal recognizance.

“The state does not look (upon a consensual relationship between a 33-year-old man and a 17-year-old) as a violent offense,” Kelly said, adding that Alfred’s employment at a school district and 27 years as a Kitsap County resident showed he was “quite the opposite” of a flight risk.

However, Spearman said though he was “mindful of the Supreme Court’s ruling on personal recognizance,” he believed since Alfred was placed in a “position of trust to guard and protect children,” that the state’s request for bail was reasonable.

According to the Sheriff’s Department, officials at Klahowya Secondary School, where Alfred was employed as a school security officer and a boys junior varsity basketball coach, notified law enforcement of the allegations against him on Tuesday.

An investigation into the charges was launched immediately, and Alfred was placed on administrative leave from the school the next day.

Following their investigation, detectives believe Alfred engaged in consensual sexual activity with at least one 17-year-old female student.

The contact is believed to have been on-going for at least one year, and detectives believe Alfred may have more victims that have not yet come forward.

Anyone with information regarding possible juvenile victims is asked to contact Det. Lori Blankenship at (360) 337-5615.

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