Anacortes school tutor accused of raping girl

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MOUNT VERNON — An Anacortes man was released from Skagit County Jail on Thursday after his arraignment on child rape charges involving a 15-year-old girl he met while volunteering at Burlington-Edison High School.

Michael Coleman, 36, pleaded not guilty to four counts of third-degree child rape.

He reportedly met the girl while he was a volunteer speaker and tutor in a class at the school in 2010.

“He used and abused his position with the school,” deputy prosecutor Rosemary Kaholokula said at the arraignment Thursday. “He put himself in a position to be in contact with underage girls.”

Coleman was already a registered Level 1 sex offender when the offenses are alleged to have occurred. He was convicted in 2004 in Oregon of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The Skagit Valley Herald has so far been unable to verify whether Coleman was vetted before he was allowed to volunteer at the school. District Superintendent Laurel Browning and Assistant Superintendent Jeff Drayer were unavailable for comment Thursday and Friday.

Coleman had been held in Skagit County Jail on $100,000 bail. His trial is scheduled to begin March 3.