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Yakima teacher acquitted of sex abuse

(AP) A Yakima teacher and Eastern Washington University graduate accused of having sex with one of her students was acquitted today of all charges.

After listening to almost two full weeks of testimony, jurors took less than two hours to acquit Michele Taylor of one count of sexual misconduct and two counts of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.

The 31-year-old physical education teacher was accused of having sex with the 16-year-old in her husband’s truck in a parking lot. Phone records show she sent more than 400 text messages to him and another boy, who was 15 at the time.

Taylor, who earned her teaching certificate at Eastern, testified Monday that she did not have sex with the teen. She said the messages were part of a mentoring relationship. She has been on paid leave from her job at East Valley High School.

Read an in-depth story from the Yakima Herald-Republic by clicking the link below.

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June 11: Gym teacher’s husband testifies in sex trial

June 9: EWU grad on trial in teacher sex scandal

Gym teacher’s husband testifies in sex trial

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The husband of a Yakima teacher and Eastern Washington University graduate accused of having sex with one of her students testified in her defense in Yakima County Superior Court.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports Kevin Taylor said Thursday he’s sure Michele Taylor was home with him and their triplets the night of May 9,2009, when she’s accused of having sex with a 16-year-old in a pickup truck in a parking lot.

Michele Taylor, who earned her teaching certificate at Eastern, is charged with sexual misconduct and immoral communication with a minor.

She is on paid leave from her job as a physical education teacher at East Valley High School. Kevin Taylor also is a physical education teacher in the district.

Read an in-depth story from the Yakima Herald-Republic on Thursday’s testimony by clicking the link below.

Past coverage:

June 9: EWU grad on trial in teacher sex scandal

EWU grad on trial in teacher sex scandal

An Eastern Washington University graduate is accused of having sex with a teenage student while a gym teacher in Yakima. 

The 17-year-old student testified Tuesday that he had sex with Michele Leingang Taylor, 31, in the back seat of her pickup truck in a Kmart parking lot.

The teen said he had received a text message from Taylor, a physical education teacher at East Valley High School in Yakima and a married mother of triplets, to meet him in May of last year and that she pulled him into the back seat.

Taylor is on trial in Yakima County Superior Court, charged with sexual misconduct and immoral communication with a minor.

She earned her teaching certificate from Eastern Washington and is in the Centralia College sports hall of fame for softball.

For an in-depth story from the Yakima Herald-Republic on the case, click the link below.