Alleged child molester gets standing ovation in court
Eighth-grade teacher placed on suicide watch in jail
March 5, 2012
Paul Brinkmann, an eighth-grade math teacher at Stevens Middle School, was arrested this weekend and booked into the Clallam County Jail for investigation of rape of a child. Still, he did not lack for supporters.
At Brinkmann's hearing Monday, supporters filled the courtroom and even after learning that police said he admitted to molesting the boy, gave him a standing ovation after the hearing.
Probable cause documents indicate that the victim, who had been listed as a runaway, contacted the police. He told detectives his abuse began when he was 11 and gradually progressed from molestation to rape, which occurred between 10 and 15 times. The abuse lasted for about five years, from when the victim was 11 years old until last summer.
The victim told police he was threatened with violence by Brinkmann, according to the charging documents.* According to the documents, police said that Brinkmann admitted to molesting the victim, saying "he is the only one I want."
Brinkmann is on suicide watch in jail, said police. It was revealed in court that after he was booked, he was caught sawing at his wrists with a comb.
The Port Angeles School District said Brinkmann has been an eighth-grade teacher at Stevens Middle School since 1991 and has coached track for the past four years. The school was notified by law enforcement over the weekend of the arrest and he was placed on administrative leave.
The statement also said: "Under the law, the teacher is presumed innocent. However, as a precaution, the district has placed the teacher on paid administrative leave pending further investigation."
According to Port Angeles Deputy Police Chief Brian Smith, the case involves one victim. "As far as I know, the victim is not a student at the middle school," Smith said.
Brinkmann was not formally charged. His next court appearance is scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday.
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greengirl18 at 8:09 PM March 07, 2012
Mr Brinkmann has touched almost every one of our lives in this community, majority of those experiences were positive. I know both Mr.Brinkman and the "victim" personally. Regardless of the horrible things he has done we should not be bashing him publicly. Out of respect for him and everyone who is enduring pain during this tough time I would like to personally ask everyone who feels that their opinion is relevant to hold their tongue seeing as it is only worsening things. My heart goes out to everyone affected by the situation, and am I in no way condoning his actions.*