Gerald Grellet-Tinner’s trial set for May 9

The trial of Gerald Grellet-Tinner, 59, an Orcas High School teacher who plead not guilty to having a sexual relationship with his 18-year-old student, has been set for May 9 in San Juan County.

Grellet-Tinner has been charged with two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, which is a felony. The alleged sexual encounters occurred with one of Grellet-Tinner’s science class students in early October.

According to San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney Randy Gaylord, the state legislature changed the age of a minor (if that person is a student of a teacher) to age 21 – not age 18.

After an investigation by the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office and an outside investigator retained by the Orcas Island School District, Grellet-Tinner was arrested in late October 2015. His bail was posted at $100,000. He posted the money himself and was released. He is currently on paid administrative leave from Orcas School District.

For a full story on the case, go here.

In mid-February Grellet-Tinner asked to change lawyers, and the court granted the request. He was being represented by Lawrence Delay of Friday Harbor but requested a new lawyer because he wanted a “change of direction in his defense,” according to the Motion and Affidavit for Order of Withdrawal and Substitution of Counsel. His new attorney is Robert D. Butler of Bellingham, Wash. Lana Reichert was the investigator for Delay and will continue with her service with Butler.

On Feb. 26, a pre-trial omnibus hearing was held to determine the admissibility of evidence. The next hearing for the case is a readiness hearing on April 29. It will cover plea negotiations, exchange of witness lists, discovery, motions and jury instructions.