Local teacher accused of sexual contact with her students

by: Kevin McCarty Updated:

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TACOMA, Wash. —

A 24-year-old math teacher from Lincoln High School in Tacoma has been arrested on suspicion of child rape and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.

Meredith Claire Powell was booked into the Pierce County Jail Thursday afternoon.

Tacoma schools spokesman Dan Voelpel said the district received an anonymous tip about allegations of sexual activity with students at Lincoln High on Tuesday and immediately passed that information along to the Tacoma Police Department.

Powell was placed on paid leave according to Voelpel.  He said when the district learned Powell had been arrested she was placed on unpaid leave.

Powell was hired by the Tacoma Public School district in September of 2012. Before that she worked as a teacher in the Sequim school district. According to a social media site, Powell is a graduate of Sequim High School.

 She is expected to be arraigned in Pierce County Superior court on Friday on two counts of third-degree child rape and one count of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.