Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Wendy Cannin Arrested for Having Sexual Contact with Teens

It was the first day of school in Heppner today, but instead of spending it in the classroom, a junior/senior high teacher spent it in jail.

Wendy Cannin, 30, was arrested at 11 a.m. when Morrow County sheriff’s detectives arrived at her Heppner home, authorities said.

Cannin, a teacher in the Morrow County School District for two years, had been put on leave last week after officials learned about the sheriff’s office’s investigation.

Cannin is accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with two teenage boys, the sheriff’s office said.

The sexual activity allegedly occurred before the end of the last school year and continued during the summer until the middle of July.

The sexual contact occurred both on and off school property, authorities said.

Cannin was booked into the Umatilla County jail on suspicion of one count of sexual misconduct, four counts of third-degree sex abuse, and one count each of third-degree rape and third-degree sodomy.

A grand jury is expected to hear the allegations against Cannin tomorrow.

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