YAKIMA, Wash. (CBS/KIMA/AP) Michele Taylor, a physical education teacher at East Valley High School accused of sending hundreds of inappropriate text messages to two teenage students and having sex with one of the boys in a K-mart parking lot, took the stand to defend herself Monday.
CBS Affiliate KIMA reports that Taylor answered prosecution questions with a string of denials. She denied the Kmart parking lot claim, as well as the state's implication that she had been "sexting" the two teens.
One of the teens had previously testified that he received a text message in May of last year from Taylor to meet up in the parking lot, and that she pulled him into the back seat of her pickup truck, and had sex with him. The teen also told jurors there were a number of inappropriate encounters with Taylor, including one where he and a buddy compared genitals in front of the teacher in her school office.
According to the Yakima Herald-Republic, the teacher's husband testified in his wife's defense at Yakima County Superior Court on Thursday, saying he is certain Taylor was home with him and their triplets the night of May 9, 2009, when she's accused of the Kmart tryst.
The 31-year-old teacher is charged with sexual misconduct for allegedly having sex with the 16-year-old student, reports the paper. She also faces two counts of communicating for immoral purposes with him and another 16-year-old boy.
Taylor is on paid leave from her job at the high school. Her husband is also a physical education teacher in the district.MEDIA