Orcas High School teacher accused of sexual misconduct pleads not guilty

Gerald Grellet-Tinner, 59, an Orcas High School teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with his 18-year-old student, plead not guilty during his arraignment in San Juan County Superior Court on Nov. 6.

Grellet-Tinner has been charged with two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, which is a felony. His trial is slated for Jan. 11, 2016. He is being represented by Lawrence Delay of Friday Harbor.

The alleged sexual encounters occurred with one of Grellet-Tinner’s science class students in early October. For a full story on the case, go here.

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. His bail was posted at $100,000. He posted the money himself and was released.