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Forest Grove teacher arrested for meth

Mike Maraia also charged with patronizing a prostitute

Mike Terou MaraiaNeil Armstrong Middle School math teacher Mike Terou Maraia, 50, was arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Monday, Aug. 31, on charges of patronizing a prostitute, engaging in prostitution and possessing methamphetamine.

Maraia was arrested by Portland Police on Friday, Aug. 28, in the area of Southeast 139th and Division. He was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on possession of meth, two counts of patronizing a prostitute and two counts of engaging in prostitution.

The drug charge is a Class-C felony. Maraia was released the same day.

Forest Grove School District spokeswoman Connie Potter said Maraia was placed on paid administrative leave as of Monday afternoon, Aug. 31, after administrators learned of his arrest.

Maraia was hired as a teacher in 1998, Potter said and has has taught at Neil Armstrong since then. He teaches eighth grade math and previously taught some physical education classes, as well, she said. Maraia has also coached “most of the sports” offered at the middle school, she added. From 1992 to 1998 he was an assistant football coach at Forest Grove High School.

A substitute teacher will fill in indefinitely for Maraia, Potter said.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Maraia was stopped by Portland Police for a traffic infraction. There was a younger female in the car and Maraia admitted to the officer he intended to pay the female $80 for sex. Maraia also told the officer he had meth in the trunk of the vehicle and intended to smoke meth and marijuana with the woman. During a search of the car the officer found a meth pipe and 3.1 grams of meth.

On Monday, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office charged him with one count each of unlawful possession of methamphetamine and patronizing a prostitute.

Maraia, who lives in Beaverton, was charged earlier this summer in Washington County of misdemeanor attempted possession of a controlled substance. He entered a DUII diversion program.