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February 7, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Tacoma high-school teacher charged with child rape

Meredith Claire Powell, a math teacher at Tacoma's Lincoln High School, has been accused of having sexual contact with students. (Lui Kit / The News Tribune)

Meredith Claire Powell, a math teacher at Tacoma’s Lincoln High School, has been accused of having sexual contact with students. (Lui Kit / The News Tribune)

A Tacoma high-school math teacher faces rape charges after allegedly engaging in sexual acts in her Lincoln High School classroom and sending explicit text messages to students.

Meredith Claire Powell, 24, was charged Friday with two counts of third-degree rape of a child and one count of communication with a minor for immoral purposes, according to Pierce County Superior Court documents.

In late January, Powell allegedly exchanged explicit text messages with two 15-year-old male students and engaged in sexual acts with both students in a classroom, according to charging documents.

She also allegedly sent sexual text messages, including one containing her address, to a 17-year-old boy.

Police say Powell wrote to the 17-year-old’s girlfriend apologizing for “promiscuous” and “unprofessional” comments and texts she had sent.

Her trial is scheduled for April 24.

| More in Education, General news, The Blotter | Topics: Lincoln High School, Tacoma

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