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Bail set at $100K for sex offender who allegedly intimidated Kennewick teacher

Bail set at $100k for Brandon Hankel

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- A sex offender who trespassed onto Kennewick High School's campus and allegedly scared a teacher into thinking he was going to rape her appeared in court Thursday.

Brandon Hankel, 36, pleaded not guilty to burglary with sexual motivation in Benton County Superior Court. He's being held on $100,000 bond. 

Police said Hankel entered the school's gym annex on Sept. 6 and stood in the doorway of a female teacher's office. The teacher said his "stare and demeanor intimidated and scared her," according to court documents. 

The teacher told police she asked Hankel if she could help him, and he replied, "can you help me?" She asked again if she could help, and that's when Hankel allegedly leaned into her small office, got close to her and said, "I want to **** you."

The teacher called for security and the suspect ran away. A school resource officer arrested him outside the school near West First Avenue and South Fruitland Street. 

He was taken to the Benton County Jail and booked for suspicion of burglary with sexual motivation.

Records show Hankel was convicted of attempted rape in 2013. He is a level 3 sex offender, which means he poses a high risk of committing a similar offense. 

He had been trespassed from all Kennewick schools at the time of the incident at Kennewick High. 

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