YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A Yakima teacher who was acquitted of sexual misconduct charges will keep her teaching certificate, but it’s been suspended for a year.
The state Office of Public Instruction revoked Michele Taylor’s teaching license in June, but she appealed that decision to a state teacher conduct board.
The board reduced the penalty to a one-year suspension. Taylor’s lawyer told KAPP-TV on Monday that she may appeal the suspension as well.
The physical education teacher was acquitted last June of criminal charges that she had sex with a 16-year-old student and sent inappropriate text messages to him and a 15-year-old.
Taylor has been on paid leave since June 2009.
Information from: KAPP-TV, http://www.kapptv.com/