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Trial Begins in Yakima Teacher Sex Case

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - The trial has begun in Yakima for an East Valley High School physical education teacher accused of have sex with one of her students.

In opening arguments Thursday Deputy Prosecutor Sam Chen said 31-year-old Michele Taylor began sending two teenage boys text messages that turned explicit and led to sex with one of them last year in a K Mart parking lot.

Defense lawyer Ulvar Klein said she was just trying to stay in touch with boys who needed help. He's disputing their accusations. Taylor is charged with sexual misconduct and immoral communication with a minor.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports she faces up to five years in prison if convicted.

      
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