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Forest Grove teacher facing meth, prostitution charges placed on leave

Posted: Updated: Sep 01, 2015 04:03 PM
Mark Maraia, jail booking photo Mark Maraia, jail booking photo
Neil Armstrong Middle School in Forest Grove Neil Armstrong Middle School in Forest Grove
Neil Armstrong Middle School in Forest Grove Neil Armstrong Middle School in Forest Grove
FOREST GROVE, OR (KPTV) -

A middle school math teacher who is facing charges of possession of methamphetamine and patronizing a prostitute was placed on paid administrative leave by the Forest Grove School District.

Mike Maraia, 50, was arrested at 3 a.m. Friday at Southeast 139th and Division Street in Portland.

According to a probable cause affidavit, an officer stopped Maraia's car for a traffic violation. The officer noted a "younger female" in the car and suspected the possibility of prostitution, the affidavit states.

Maraia admitted to the officer he intended to pay the prostitute $80 to have sex with him, and he also planned to smoke meth and marijuana with her, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Court documents state Maraia told the officer he had meth inside a Crown Royal bag in his vehicle. Police said a meth pipe and 3.1 grams of meth were located.

Maraia was arraigned in court Monday, the day before classes were set to begin at Neil Armstrong Middle School.

A Forest Grove School District spokeswoman said Maraia has been a math teacher at the school since 1998.

Administrators said they first learned of his arrest Monday and placed Maraia on paid administrative leave.

A statement from principal Brandon Hundley on the school's website said a substitute will teach Maraia's classes while he is on leave.

Court documents state Maraia admitted weekly drug use to investigators. He was convicted in July of attempted possession of a controlled substance and was entered into a DUII diversion program in Washington County, according to court documents.

Court documents state Maraia lives in Beaverton and has been married to his wife for 16 years.

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