Northwest NEWS

April 24, 2000

Local News

Bothell teacher confesses to charges

by Marshall Haley, staff reporter

   BOTHELL--Richard "Dick" Lewis, former Bothell High teacher arrested on Jan. 26 for growing pot in his house, pleaded guilty on April 19 to charges of growing marijuana with intent to sell and of laundering the profits.

   King County prosecutors will recommend a mid-range six-month sentence at his May 10 sentencing in exchange for Lewis' guilty plea, said King County Deputy Prosecutor Dan Donohoe. The standard range for a first-time offender of the crimes Lewis committed is 2 to 12 months, he said.

   In a separate agreement with the Eastside Narcotics Task Force (ENTF), Lewis will contribute $30,000 to ENTF in exchange for being allowed to keep his house and pickup truck. ENTF investigated Lewis after observing him buying plant growing materials at a popular supplies store for pot growers in Bellevue.

   "That's a very good question, but one OSPI will have to answer," said Northshore School District spokesperson Pamela Steele when asked if Lewis, who taught 28 years for Northshore, will still get his retirement. OSPI (Office of the Superintendant of Public Instruction) is currently determining how Lewis' offenses might affect his teaching credentials.

   Steele said she had not heard of any evidence that Lewis' crimes were related to his job in any way.