July 27, 2008
Mark Evan Brown - Principal Of Christian School Accused Of Encouraging Girl To Run Away - Then Raping Her
Arlington, Washington (The Weekly Vice) -- Mark Evan Brown, a 37 year old Principal at Highland Christian School in Arlington, Washington has been arrested and charged with 3rd-degree rape of a 14 year old student.
According to police, Brown helped a 14-year-old female student run away from home, allegedly sending the teen hundreds of text messages in the process.
Police say Brown converted a seldom used room at the school into a bedroom for the girl, complete with hide-away bed and television. After the girl left her home, Brown allegedly made his move, supplying the girl with Bacardi Rum and then raping her.
Police say Brown was very direct in encouraging the girl to leave her home. Among the many messages exchanged between the two, Brown allegedly told the girl, "We just have to keep moving u around," and "Calm down, yur almost free...It will be ok. If something happens I'll be there early in the morning. Either way lets get u out."
Prosecutors say authorities first learned of the alleged behavior when the teen's parents reported their daughter missing. Detectives were able to track down the girl's whereabouts through her cell phone four days later.
Prosecutors now say Brown has violated a protection order, imposed by the court following Brown's arrest. Although the judge ordered Brown to not contact the girl, investigators say he has spoken to the girl three times, allegedly asking her to not talk about the sexual contact.
Brown's own ex-wife Casey has also come out with allegations of her own, stating that Brown began a sexual relationship with her when she was 14 years old - he was 26 years old at the time. She also stated that during their marriage collapsed after she allegedly discovered inappropriate text messages between him and a cheerleader at Concrete High School where he worked at the time.
"I knew that the kind of man I was living with was, in my words, a pedophile," she stated.
Brown was arraigned on Wednesday, where bond was set at $100,00.
Highland Christian School board members attended Wednesday's hearing to 'show support' for the embattled principal stating they they "stand behind him".
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
Guilty or innocent, I have a problem at this point with the school board, who seems to have taken sides with their comments.
This is a Christian school, where parents pay a high price to insure their kids get an education free from this kind of nonsense. Perhaps board members should remember that it's the same parents - who may have been betrayed greatly here - who pay the board members salaries.
It's not their place to add insult to injury by taking ANY kind of position on the matter other than assuring parents that they are redoubling their efforts to ensure their children are safe. That's their job, not making decisions about guilt or innocence. Not running down to a courthouse to express their own opinions.
For those parents who write out a check to these imprudent board members - I want you to be aware of something. Even a public school board knows well enough to let law enforcement deal with matters like this, so the school can get 100% of it's focus on the kids and nothing else. That's their job. That's what you pay them for. Are you getting your money's worth?
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Posted by Danny Vice at 7:26:00 PM