with histories of sexual-misconduct complaints are under investigation
by their schools or the state and may lose their positions as a result.
The four men were named last month in The Seattle Times' series "Coaches
who prey," which revealed systemic problems that allow coaches to
continue working with children despite a history of sexual misconduct.
The Times found that 159 coaches have been reprimanded or fired for sexual
misconduct in the past decade, and 98 of them continued to coach or teach.
Diaz, a former teacher and coach in the Royal School District in Grant
County, may be kicked out of the Seattle University School
of Law for failing to reveal a criminal conviction on his enrollment
said Rudy Hasl, dean of the school.
Diaz was convicted in 2001 of one count of assault with sexual motivation,
in connection with a 13-year-old student's claim that he forced her to
give him oral sex in his classroom. (The conviction was the result of
an Alford plea, which means the defendant does not admit guilt but concedes
that if the case went to trial he'd likely be found guilty.)
We have a specific question (on the application), 'Have you ever been convicted
of a felony or misdemeanor?' " Hasl said. "Prior to the news
story coming out, we had no information about any conviction or any
Law schools generally consider applicants with criminal convictions on
a case-by-case basis, so admitting to the conviction wouldn't necessarily
have prohibited Diaz from attending, Hasl said. However, a criminal conviction
coupled with a lack of truthfulness could cause problems for a law student
who wants to be admitted to the bar association, Hasl said.
Diaz, who had been president of the American Bar Association Student
Section at Seattle University, is not attending classes, according
to Hasl, and
the school is "in discussions" with his attorneys.
Kitsap School District has placed Markishtum on leave while it investigates
statements he made on his job application
North Kitsap asks applicants to say whether they have ever been "dismissed,
discharged or separated employment in order to avoid discipline or discharge." Chris
Case, a spokeswoman for North Kitsap, declined to offer specifics of the
Markishtum, 68, left American Indian Heritage Secondary, a Seattle high
school, after a 1995 incident in which he was accused of grabbing a girl
by the shirt and trying to kiss her.
According to two decades of complaints in Markishtum's Seattle personnel
file, he groped and kissed girls at the school, bought beer for athletes,
falsified their grades so they'd be eligible to play, had sex with his
girlfriend on campus and hugged his female students and had them sit
on his lap.
He also was caught in a 6-ton marijuana-smuggling operation in 1981 but
agreed to give federal authorities evidence in the case in exchange for
avoiding criminal charges.
After the kissing incident, Seattle school officials reached an agreement
with Markishtum that if he would leave the district, they would pay him
$69,000 and not tell prospective employers about the allegations. Case
said North Kitsap hired Markishtum without knowing any of it.
The Newport School District in Pend Oreille County has put
Milionis, a coach and counselor, on suspension while it investigates
whether he lied about his record of sexual misconduct on his job
On Sept. 1, 1998, Idaho authorities suspended Milionis from teaching
for one year after investigating him for having sex with a 14-year-old
on his basketball team.
Later that month, Milionis was back in public schools, this time in
Washington as a counselor and basketball coach for the Oroville School
in Okanogan County. He later took the job at Newport High School.
Formerly a successful volleyball and softball coach in the
Oakesdale School District in Whitman County, Taylor is under
by the state Office of the Superintendent of Public
for not following restrictions the agency put on him when it gave
him a three-year
stayed suspension in 2000 for sexual misconduct.
The suspension stemmed from complaints from Oakesdale that Taylor
repeatedly made sexual innuendoes to players and routinely made
girls change into
their uniforms on the bus while he was able to watch.
Under the terms of the probation, Taylor had to notify the state
superintendent's office if he moved to a new district. And if he
took a job in another
state, he had to inform that state's education office about his
But he didn't comply with these requirements when he moved to Utah
and began teaching math in 2001 at a Jordan School District middle
in Sandy, Utah.
The school knew nothing of Taylor's past until a Times reporter
A human-resources director for the Jordan schools said the district
was going to fire him for violating the terms of his suspension
if he didn't quit first. Taylor resigned.
The state can suspend or revoke Taylor's license, making him unable
to teach in Washington schools.