WSU Professor Charged With Rape

Sep 19, 2012

A Washington State University professor has been arrested and charged with the rape of a teenage girl. Police in Moscow, Idaho, arrested 51-year-old Andrew Appleton Tuesday in a city park.  He thought he was meeting the alleged victim but was met by police instead.

A warrant alleges Appleton engaged in sexual contact with a minor over the course of two years. In court documents, the alleged victim, who is now 18 and is a relative of Appleton’s, says the sexual activity began when she was 16.  The encounters occurred in both Moscow and at Appleton’s wife’s home in California. 

Moscow Police Chief David Duke: "It’s one of those regrettable family instances where a person of authority uses that position to coerce others into these type of sexual acts.  And in this case the disclosure occurred after she felt comfortable and not threatened anymore after she left the relationship."

Appleton has taught political science at WSU in Pullman since 1994.  He’s being held at the Latah County jail in Moscow.

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