6 months for former teacher in Tacoma sex case

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- A 25-year-old former math teacher who had sexual contact with two students at a Tacoma high school has been sentenced to six months in jail.

The News Tribune reports that Meredith Powell cried and apologized Friday in court.

Pierce County Superior Court Judge Frank Cuthbertson says he believes Powell is remorseful, which is why he suspended all but six months of a five-year sentence and ordered her into a sex offender program open to first-time offenders.

She pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree child rape and one count of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes, all felonies.

Powell was arrested in February after being accused of having sexual contact with several students. She later admitted she'd engaged in sex acts with two boys between the ages of 14 and 16. Both were students at Lincoln High School.

She resigned and surrendered her teaching certificate shortly after her arrest.

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