Sacré Bleu! French Man Jailed for Texting and Calling his Ex-Girlfriend 21,807 Times

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The Meredith Powell Letter: “Obviously nothing physical or emotional ever happened between (the boy) and I, nor would it ever…”

Technology and social media feature prominently in the sexual misconduct allegations against Meredith Powell, top, and Michael E. Allen. News Tribune Staff Photo Illustration

Technology and social media feature prominently in the sexual misconduct allegations against Meredith Powell, top, and Michael E. Allen. News Tribune Staff Photo Illustration

Crossing the line online: When teacher-student exchanges become improper

Technology, social media provide easy pathway for inappropriate teacher-student relationships — underscored by the cases of two Pierce County educators charged recently with sexual misconduct

[See more: [VIDEO] Libido Update: Boy-Crazy Teacher Meredith Powell Arrested]

The News Tribune‘s Debbie Cafazzo writes:  Texting takes just a few seconds. Maybe a tad longer if you’re tapping a tiny phone keyboard while drunk.

But writing an old-fashioned letter of apology about those texts takes considerably more time — and 10 pages of neatly lettered notebook paper.meredith-power-perp

“Obviously nothing physical or emotional ever happened between (the boy) and I, nor would it ever, but the fact that we ever text at all about non-school related things, or that we ever sent inappropriate messages, under joking pretenses or not, was completely unprofessional, inappropriate & wrong.”

— Former Lincoln High School Teacher Meredith Powell, to the girlfriend of one of her students

Such a letter, from former Lincoln High School teacher Meredith Powell to the girlfriend of one of her students, is contained in documents released by Tacoma Public Schools as part of its investigation into the 24-year-old math teacher’s alleged misconduct.

[See also: Meredith Powell in Custody of Her Mother: Boy-Crazy High School Teacher Accused of Rape Resigns, Surrenders Teaching Certificate]

In it, Powell wrote she was sorry for behaving badly: “Obviously nothing physical or emotional ever happened between (the boy) and I, nor would it ever, but the fact that we ever text at all about non-school related things, or that we ever sent inappropriate messages, under joking pretenses or not, was completely unprofessional, inappropriate & wrong.”

Michael E. Allen, a 33-year-old Curtis High School teacher, was charged with five counts of first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor. DEAN J. KOEPFLER — Staff photographer

Michael E. Allen, a 33-year-old Curtis High School teacher, was charged with five counts of first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor. DEAN J. KOEPFLER — Staff photographer

Pierce County prosecutors allege Powell was doing far more than drunk texting with some of her male students.

Hers was one of two back-to-back cases in February in which Pierce County teachers were charged with sexual misconduct.

In both cases, technology didn’t directly cause the alleged inappropriate behavior but may have abetted it.

Court documents accuse Powell of misconduct with three boys, ages 15 to 17. The allegations range from kissing, groping and oral sex in her Lincoln classroom to sending out pictures of herself in the bathtub and in bed through an application called Snapchat, designed to deliver images that disappear from a recipient’s electronic device in seconds.

She pleaded not guilty last month to two counts of third-degree child rape and one count of communication with a minor for immoral purposes. She quit her job and surrendered her teaching license.

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