A British man’s recent arrest for possessing sexual images of children led to charges being filed last week against a 28-year-old Bellevue high-school teacher, who is accused of repeatedly raping a young boy and trading photos and videos of the sexual abuse with other men online, according to King County prosecutors.

Stuart Hoffman was arrested at his Bellevue residence Thursday by agents with Homeland Security Investigation (HSI). They had learned from the British Consulate in Miami that the man arrested earlier this month by the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency had been corresponding by email with Hoffman, say criminal charges rush-filed by King County prosecutors Friday.

Hoffman was charged with two counts of first-degree rape of a child, two counts of first-degree child molestation, and with one count each of first-degree possessing and distributing depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, charging papers say. He remains jailed in lieu of $1 million bail and could also face federal charges, jail and court records show.

Hoffman, a teacher at Bellevue’s Newport High School, has been placed on administrative leave by the Bellevue School District, Q13 reported.

The criminal charges detail ongoing abuse since at least 2016 and say Hoffman bribed the boy, who is now 11 years old, with food if he “would get through” the sexual abuse.

“The facts of this case are extreme even for crimes of sexual violence against children,” Senior Deputy Prosecutor Christian Brown wrote in the charges, describing emails sent between Hoffman and the British man as “chilling.”

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