Law & Justice

Blaine School Board candidate accused of child rape, abuse

Bail set for $500,000
June 6, 2023 at 5:46 p.m.

By CDN Staff

A Blaine School Board candidate was arrested June 2 on suspicion of child rape, assault and possession of a controlled substance. 

Tana Perkins Reneau, 51, was booked into the Whatcom County Jail with a bail of $500,000, the Northern Light first reported. Whatcom County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) detectives made the arrest following a report to Child Protective Services. 

Reneau is charged with rape of a child in the first degree, second degree and third degree, and four counts of assault of a child in the second degree, WCSO spokesperson Deb Slater said in an email. Reneau knew all the children. 

Additionally, she received a charge for possession of a controlled substance, after she was found with a vial of prescription pills, Slater said. The pills did not belong to her and are a Schedule V controlled substance. 

Reneau, a former teacher, filed for Blaine School Board Director of District 2 to run in the August primary. She ran for the same position in 2019. She worked for more than a decade as a teacher and principal in the Kennewick School District, according to her LinkedIn. 

Reneau appeared in the Whatcom County Superior Court on June 5.

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