A former high school math teacher in Tacoma, Washington has been sentenced to six months in jail for having sex with two male students between the ages of 14 and 16.
Meredith Powell, 25, cried in court and said that she prayed every day for the students that she had sex with.
“I feel like words can’t even express how sorry I am,” said Powell. “I wish I could take back what happened to the students that I failed. Sorry doesn’t take away anything that happened, but I hope they can move forward with as little impact as possible.”
Powell was initially sentenced to five years in prison, but after seeing how remorseful she was, Judge Frank Cuthbertson decided to lower her sentence to six months, along with a mandatory three-year sex offender program.
Last month, Powell pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree child rape and one count of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes. After her arrest in February, Powell admitted to having sex with both students, and sexual encounters with the two teenage boys allegedly happened in her classroom. Judge Cuthbertson acknowledged that this behavior seemed out of character for Powell.
“This is difficult, this is different, this is not what we usually see,” said Cuthbertson. “Everything suggests this is out of character for you. But again, you need to understand the severe impact that this has had not just on the victims but on their families.”
Reports claim that in addition to engaging in sexual activity with the two students, Powell sent at least one victim a Snapchat photo of her naked in a bathtub. Powell’s attorney Wayne Fricke says that his client as going through a difficult time when the sexual relationships began in January and noted that she “obviously made a lot of bad choices, regrettable choices.”
Sources: Daily Mail, The News Tribune, Q13 FOX