Mesa kindergarten teacher charged with 25 counts indecent exposure

molesterA Mesa Kindergarten teacher has been arrested and booked for 25 counts of Indecent Exposure and one count of Child Abuse stemming from an incident in his classroom. Thomas Washburn, age 54, teaches Kindergarten at Adams Elementary School in Mesa, where the incident occurred on January 15, 2014.

The victim, a 6-year-old female, was in class with 24 classmates on the afternoon of January 15. Washburn was reportedly upset and shouting in the class causing the victim to hide her face in the top of her shirt. The victim’s mother described her daughter as “developmentally delayed” due to being born prematurely. It appears that based on shouting, the child was frightened and hiding in her shirt. When Washburn told her to take her face out of the shirt, and she did not comply, he went to her and completely removed her shirt, leaving her naked from the waist up. The victim was left in that state for approximately 10 minutes crying as class continued. Eventually, Washburn returned her clothing and that was the end of the incident.

When the victim’s mother arrived after school to pick up the child, Washburn told the parent what he had done. She was extremely upset and immediately contacted the Principal’s office. When staff learned of the incident, they contacted the Mesa Police Department, and the investigation was opened. Detectives interviewed the victim and her mother and confirmed what had happened. Washburn was at school late due to conferences and was contacted by detectives. He was transported to Mesa Police Headquarters to be interviewed. Washburn invoked his rights and declined to answer any questions. He was booked at that time for one count of Child Abuse and one count of Indecent Exposure C1M. At the time of the incident, there was one adult aide in the classroom.

Detectives continued the investigation and ultimately added an additional 24 counts of Indecent Exposure C4F for each of the students present at the time of the incident. This investigation is ongoing but at this time, police are unaware of any similar crimes of this nature in the classroom.

Mesa Public Schools and the Mesa Police Department are working cooperatively on the investigation to ensure that all available information is gathered and to ensure the safe education of the children attending the Mesa Public Schools.

2 Comments

  1. while this is a ‘serious incident’ this is not some ‘sexual act’ that this bumbling idiot carried out – the ‘indecent exposure’ was not so ‘indecent’ from a the kids perspective – yeah I would have had him by the throat for doing this to my kid – had this occurred – but the ‘indecent exposure’ phrase leads one to believe he was exposing himself to them – that he had committed some act of sexual deviance – when in fact this guy is guilty of being an idiot in his enforcement of what he thought was ‘control and discipline’ stupid as it may be… he is guilty of being ‘really stupid’ – will lose his teaching license because of it, the charges and story reflect another motive. As evidenced by the ‘other adult not doing anything’ there’s more to this story and more than likely a long run of ‘being chronically stupid in handling this classroom of kids… can’t fix stupid. Lets see what the union says…

  2. What I have to say about this scumbag AND the people that hired him will only get my comment removed. These kids lives have been changed forever! Why did they let this happen? THERE WAS AN ADULT AID IN THE CLASSROOM!!

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