Marshfield teacher William Paget arrested

Marshfield teacher William Paget, 24, was arrested for sexual abuse on a minor.

Mug shot from Coos County Sheriff's Department

COOS BAY — A Marshfield High School teacher was arrested Wednesday on charges of sexual abuse to a student.

William Paget, 24, was put under criminal investigation beginning on Sept. 7 after a current Marshfield High School student told an administrator about potential improper relations with a minor, according to a press release from the Coos Bay School District.

Paget was put on paid administrative leave on Sept. 8 and has not returned to the classroom due to personal leave.

According to Coos Bay Police, a search warrant was executed at Paget’s residence in Coos Bay and he was ultimately taken into custody.

Paget was transported to Coos County Jail where he was booked on one count of sexual abuse III, one count of official misconduct, one count of contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor, one count of sexual misconduct, and two counts of unlawful delivery of marijuana to a juvenile by a person over 21.

"Although personnel policies and legal issues prevent going into specifics, it is important to note that the district requires annual staff training on sexual conduct and staff to student as well as general staff conduct and responsibilities as outlined in our employee handbook," the Coos Bay School District release stated. "These trainings are designed to protect students from sexual predators. Our first goal is always to keep our students safe, and we have no tolerance for behaviors that endanger young people. Any questions about the criminal investigation should be directed to the Coos Bay Police Department at (541) 269-8911."

Reporter Jillian Ward can be reached at 541-269-1222, ext. 235, or by email at jillian.ward@theworldlink.com. Follow her on Twitter: @JE_Wardwriter.

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