[VIDEO] Meredith Powell Update: Former Tacoma High School Teacher Pleads Guilty to Child RapePosted: July 23, 2014
“She’s the adult. She’s the one is who is responsible on a lot of different levels, including being a teacher.”
— Powell’s attorney, Wayne Fricke
For The News Tribune, Adam Lynn reports: A 25-year-old former math teacher at Tacoma’s Lincoln High admitted Wednesday in Pierce County Superior Court that she had sex with two students and communicated with others about sex.
“She was going through a difficult time in her personal life and obviously made a lot of bad choices, regrettable choices.”
Meredith Powell pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree child rape and one count of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes, all felonies.
“She’s 11 years older than her victims, at least one of her victims.”
Judge Frank Cuthbertson ordered Powell, who’d been free on her personal recognizance pending trial, be taken to jail to await her Aug. 29 sentencing. She faces a standard-range sentence of three years, 10 months to five years in prison.
“There’s no circumstance in which a teacher should be taking advantage of the trust put in them to harm children.”
However, attorneys will recommend she be sentenced to six months in jail and three years of sex-offender treatment under a program available to first-time offenders, said her attorney, Wayne Fricke.
She also will be required to register as a sex offender.
“She’s the adult. She’s the one is who is responsible on a lot of different levels, including being a teacher,” Fricke told reporters outside court in explaining why his client pleaded guilty.
Deputy prosecutor Sabrina Ahrens dropped a fourth charge against Powell, second-degree sexual misconduct with a minor…(read more)
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