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Newby Elementary School teacher Andrew Hammond arrested in Redmond, Washington

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Andrew Bert Hammond, 50, is in his first year working at Newby Elementary School in McMinnville, Oregon, United States as a fourth-grade teacher. According to the McMinnville School District, he had no after school or coaching assignments.

In October 2021, Hammond allegedly started communicating with people he thought were girls aged 13 or 14. The people he was communicating with told him their ages several times.

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Unbeknownst to Hammond, the people he was communicating with were actually detectives posing as girls aged 13 or 14. After months of exchanging messages, he proposed meeting with the minors at a hotel in Redmond, King County, Washington, USA.

On March 25, 2022, Hammond was arrested after checking into his hotel room in Redmond. The arresting officers found lubricant, duct tape, handcuffs, condoms and other pieces of evidence in his car.

Hammond was booked into the King County Correctional Facility in Seattle, Washington. His bail was set at $100,000.

After Hammond’s arrest, the McMinnville School District placed him on administrative leave. He was charged with second-degree attempted rape of a child, third-degree attempted rape of a child and four counts of communication with a minor for immoral purposes.

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Incorporated as a city on December 31, 1912, Redmond is home to Microsoft and Nintendo of America. The city is located 24km east of Seattle.

Angela Birney is the incumbent mayor of Redmond. “Pacific Rim: Uprising” actor Karan Brar, 23, was born in the city.

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