A Washington State University political science professor is accused of allegedly raping a teenage girl who was also a family member.
Andrew Appleton, 51, was arrested Tuesday and charged for felony rape in Latah County. His bond was set at $100,000 on Wednesday.
Appleton reportedly became sexually involved with a 16-year-old girl in a relationship which lasted two years, with sex acts taking place in at least three states. KHQ reports court documents show Appleton did not deny the sex acts, but said he was in the love with the girl.
The girl was a family member who moved in with Appleton after leaving her home in England. Local media are not identifying the alleged victim's name. According to court documents, Appleton took provocative photos of the girl, and police are searching his computer which could result in additional charges.
The alleged victim claims she and Appleton would have sex once or twice a day.
His website for a spring 2006 course -- in bright pink, yellow and orange -- shows he covered political science issues like modern era of "globalization." Appleton had a 4.0 overall score on RateMyProfessors.com. He was also a British national.
“First and foremost, WSU takes these cases very seriously,” said WSU spokesman Darin Watkins. “As a result, Andrew Appleton has been removed from duties at WSU, and he is no longer on the WSU campus.”
Appleton's next hearing in court is set for Oct. 3.