Former Kennewick teacher pleads guilty to sex crimes with students
A former Kennewick middle school teacher admitted Wednesday that she sent nude pictures and videos of herself to at least four students and raped one of them.
Tonie Ann Reiboldt, 43, is facing up to five years in prison. Though, if she qualifies for sex offender treatment, she may serve closer to 18 months behind bars.
She pleaded guilty in Benton County Superior Court to third-degree child rape and three felony counts of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes. Each count includes the aggravating circumstance that she used her position of trust to commit the crime.
Reiboldt was a physical education teacher at Horse Heaven Hills Middle School when the allegations first came to light last June. She resigned from the Kennewick School District in July.
The longtime teacher and coach caught the attention of Kennewick investigators after a sexually explicit video was sent to underage kids through the social media app Snapchat.
Police then discovered the woman in the video was Reiboldt.
One of the teens who received the video said Reiboldt was his teacher, while other students said they knew of her at school. All were under 16.
Reiboldt communications with the boys over several months, had asked them to send her their own nude pictures, court documents said.
She also tried to meet up with at least two of them to have sex. One teen refused and another teen said he made up an excuse to get out of it as Reiboldt waited at a park near his home, documents said.
Reiboldt used her own son’s Snapchat account to get the contact information of his friend, a reported victim.
It wasn’t until a follow-up interview with police and prosecutors in January that one of teens disclosed more details about his contact with Reiboldt and said they had sex, documents said.
Reiboldt — who posted bond on $15,000 bail in June — has been living in Spokane with a relative, and has been limited to supervised visits with her children in the Tri-Cities.
She was taken into custody after Wednesday’s hearing because she was convicted of a sex crime, and will be held without bail until the June 14 sentencing and while a background report is prepared.