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Former KSD superintendent charged with sexual abuse, attempted child rape

Former KSD superintendent charged with sexual abuse, attempted child rape

KENNEWICK, Wash. - A former Kennewick School District superintendent has been arrested on sexual abuse charges.

Reports said Richland Police Department (RPD) informed officials with the The Southeast Regional Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce (SER ICAC) on the case involving 75-year-old Olympia resident Paul Webb Rosier.

The ICAC, made up of agents and detectives from Homeland Security Investigations, Kennewick Police and Richland Police started an undercover investigation when they were informed of possible unlawful communication over the phone and internet.

ICAC received communications from a man who was later identified as Rosier, who believed he was communicating with a 16-year-old girl from March 30 to April 1.

According to ICAC reports, Rosier allegedly asked to have sex with the 16-year-old but eventually arranged to have the girl broker a sexual encounter with a 13-year-old girl which included requests of prices for specific sexual acts.

Police investigators arrested Rosier while he was attempting to meet the girl in a local hotel lobby, according to an ICAC news release.

Reports said Rosier had the amount of money discussed in the price arrangements when he was arrested.

Police took Rosier into custody and he was then booked into Benton County Jail reports said.

"On a human level anyone who's given that position of trust and authority over young people, anytime that trust is violated I think it hurts all of us and it makes us doubt the people in positions of authority and that begins to damage how our society functions," said Captain Mike Cobb of Richland Police Department.

Captain Cobb said more often than not these cases can happen. "It saddens me that we have a pretty significant portion of the community that's being victimized in such a malicious way," he added.

Rosier was formerly employed as the School Superintendent at KSD according to officials. KSD officials released the following statement in regards to his arrest.

“The district is aware of the recent arrest of Dr. Paul Rosier by the Richland Police Department. Dr. Rosier served as the superintendent of Kennewick School District from 1994 to 2006. After retiring from the district, he worked as the Executive Director of the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) until 2014. Prior to working in Kennewick, he worked as a superintendent in the Mesa County Valley School District 51 in Grand Junction, Colorado.”

Rosier was charged with two counts of commercial sexual abuse of a minor and one count of 2nd degree attempted child rape police said.

Police continue to investigate this incident.

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