A gym teacher from East Valley High School has made her first court appearance on charges of having sex with a 16-year-old student.
Michele Taylor, 31, said “yes” to understanding the charges against her on Friday in Yakima County Superior Court. Judge Michael McCarthy remained free on her own recognizance.
Taylor is charged with first-degree sexual misconduct for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old male student in the back of her truck. She is also charged with two counts of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.
Authorities say she exchanged more than 400 text messages with the 16-year-old and a 15-year-old student between March and June.
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Taylor is on paid administrative leave. She has a meeting scheduled with East Valley School District officials next week.
The Associated Press