St. Helens School District employee on charged on 30 counts related to relationship with Rainier minor
by: submitted, Jan Gleaves

A Columbia County grand jury indicted a Rainier woman who is employed as an instructional aide at St. Helens High School on 30 criminal counts Thursday.

Jan Gleaves, 39, of Rainier was charged for delivering marijuana to a minor, third-degree sex abuse, furnishing alcohol to a minor, contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor and attempting to tamper with a witness.

No St. Helens students are believed to be involved in this case. Gleaves has been on administrative leave from the school district since her arrest last year.

The marijuana delivery charge is a felony. The remaining charges are misdemeanors.

Gleaves was arrested in December following a joint investigation by the St. Helens and Rainier police departments.

Police were tipped off to Gleaves' alleged activities when the mother of a Rainier youth discovered inappropriate Inter-net exchanges between her son and Gleaves on the popular MySpace social networking Web site.

Columbia County District Attorney Stephen Atchison said his office is waiting on Gleaves' attorney to schedule an arraignment, which is tenatively expected to occur on March 31.

Gleaves was released from Columbia County Jail shortly after being arrested in December.

Atchison said there is no plan to have Gleaves arrested again.

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