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Sex-case plea deal postponed

The plea agreement hearing for the former Tonasket High School librarian accused of having sex with a student has been postponed to Aug. 19.

Elizabeth Kinkade, 37, had been scheduled to enter into a plea deal with the Okanogan County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office yesterday in Okanogan County Superior Court.

In court Tuesday, Kinkade held a statement of plea to a sex offense. But the plea agreement was postponed due to the court having a busy in-custody docket.

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Elizabeth Kinkade

Kinkade was charged with five counts of first-degree sexual misconduct in connection with allegations of intimate relations with an 18-year-old male student she met at school, court records show.

The Chronicle has chosen not to publish the name of the student.

The incident allegedly occurred between March 19 and May 19.

While the student was of legal consent, State law makes it illegal for school employees to engage in sexual relations with students, regardless of if the student was 18.

She previously pleaded not guilty to the sexual misconduct charges, each of which caries a penalty of up to five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine, plus restitution and other costs.

According to police records, Kinkade and her husband Mark Kinkade, 43, were both arrested May 20.

Court records show the librarian and victim had sexual encounters at least five times “at her house and in her vehicle.”

The victim went on to say it occurred, “during the day, at least once during lunch and other times after school,” court records show.

Records show Kinkade allegedly told her husband she “had an affair” with a student, prompting her husband, to grab a gun from his truck and fire into the air.

As a result, Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Tonasket police responded to the Kinkade residence that night, May 20.

Tonasket police arrested Kinkade and booked her into Okanogan County Jail. She was released the next day on her own recognizance.

The district has since terminated Kinkade’s employment.

Mark Kinkade was arrested and arraigned in Okanogan County District Court for a misdemeanor charge of aiming or discharging a firearm.

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