Tacoma, Wash. (The Weekly Vice) - Meredith Claire Powell, a 24-year-old math teacher at Lincoln High School, was jailed Thursday after she allegedly had sex with two students and engaged in sexually explicit chat with a third student.
According to court documents, Powell told detectives that she performed oral sex on a 15-year-old student in her Tacoma classroom after sending him nude photographs of herself using the application 'Snapchat.'
Investigators say Powell also admitted to exchanging inappropriate text messages with a 16-year-old student before engaging in sexual activity with him during a January 17 school assembly. An arrest affidavit explained that Powell used the assembly as an opportunity to be alone with the student inside her classroom.
A third student, who attended her class last year, told investigators that he and Powell exchanged sexually explicit text messages but did not engage in sexual contact.
An investigation was launched on February 4 after school administrators learned of the alleged sexual activity and contacted police.
The investigation kicked into high gear after investigators were provided a letter that Powell had written to a boy's girlfriend apologizing for her "promiscuous" and "unprofessional" comments and text messages.
Powell was booked into the Pierce County Jail and charged with two counts of third-degree child rape and communication with a minor for immoral purposes via electronic communication. She was released without bail Friday night.
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