Former North Kitsap Teacher’s Trial Delayed Again

Updating an earlier item, a former North Kitsap teacher’s trial has been delayed yet again.

William R. Thompson, 55, was charged last July with fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation and communication with a minor for immoral purposes. They are both gross misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in jail. The trial is now set to begin Aug. 17 in Kitsap County District Court in Port Orchard, said chief deputy prosecutor Claire Bradley.

The comment thread on our initial story documenting prosecutors’ charges is one of the longest I’ve ever seen on our site.

I got an email over the weekend from a North Kitsap community member who wrote asking for a case update.

“I feel that a follow up on your original article is warranted to let the community know what happened,” they said. “If Bill Thompson was vindicated, I would hope that he would be given the (courtesy) of having that posted in the paper to start the process of healing.”

Regardless of the outcome of the trial, we will cover it.

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