Former Tacoma high school math teacher pleads guilty to child rape

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TACOMA, Washington — A former Tacoma high school math teacher has pleaded guilty to having sex with two students and communicating with others about sex.

Twenty-five-year-old Meredith Powell pleaded guilty in Pierce County Superior Court on Wednesday to two counts of third degree child rape and one count of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes, all felonies.

The News Tribune reports ( ) reports she faces up to five years in prison, but attorneys will recommend a six month sentence plus three years of sex-offender treatment under a program available to first-time offenders.

Powell was arrested in February after allegations arose that she had sexual contact with a number of students. On Wednesday, she admitted she'd engaged in sex acts with two boys between the ages of 14 and 16. Both were students at Lincoln High School.

Powell has resigned and surrendered her teaching certificate.

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