Sumner boys varsity basketball coach under investigation

A Sumner High School boys basketball coach is being investigated by law enforcement after two potential victims approached the police.

In a series of tweets Friday evening, the City of Sumner announced that the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District had placed the suspect on administrative leave. According to the tweets, the person has been prohibited from returning to the high school or making contact with any students.

The investigation began when two victims approached the police department, according to police department spokesperson Carmen Palmer. In a phone call with The News Tribune, Palmer said officers are continuing to reach out to other potential victims and people familiar with the situation.

While Palmer noted that the investigation is still in its early phases, she said no one is in immediate danger currently. She expects to release more details as the investigation progresses. As of Friday evening, The News Tribune has not been able to reach the suspect for comment.

The police department asks that anyone with information about the investigation call their tip line at 253-299-5678. It is also offering telephone counseling services through a third party at 1-866-600-9578 for anyone with psychological distress related to the case.

Allen Siegler is the education and breaking news reporter for The News Tribune. He first joined the newsroom as an intern in June 2022. Siegler is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s Master of Public Health program, and has previously interned at The San Diego Union-Tribune. Email him at [email protected]


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