Former Lincoln High School teacher Meredith Powell has been sentenced to six months in prison for reportedly having sex with two of her students. She was also accused of “sexting” with a third student. On Friday, August 29, Powell appeared before Judge Frank Cuthbertson in Pierce County Superior Court for sentencing, reports KOMO Seattle.
The sentencing comes almost two months after Powell pled guilty to two counts of child rape and one count of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.
Powell gave a tearful apology in court as she tried to convey just how remorseful she was for her actions.
“I feel like words can’t even express how sorry I am. 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.”
Judge Frank Cuthbertson also weighed in with his perspective of Powell’s behavior, stating that her actions seemed quite out of character. He also expressed how difficult it was to sentence Powell. Although Cuthbertson felt she was genuinely remorseful, he still insisted that she truly understand the severity of her actions.
“This is difficult, this is different, this is not what we usually see. 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.”
Although the Tacoma, Washington teacher was initially facing a five-year prison sentence, Judge Cuthbertson opted for a lesser sentence that has ultimately ruled in Powell’s favor. She will now be serving a reduced sentence of six months in addition to three years in a mandatory sex offender program.
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