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Yakima Teacher Acquitted of Charges

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - A Yakima teacher accused of having sex with one of her students was acquitted Tuesday of all charges.

After listening to almost two full weeks of testimony, jurors took less than two hours to acquit Michele Taylor of one count of sexual misconduct and two counts of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.

The 31-year-old physical education teacher was accused of having sex with the 16-year-old in her husband's truck in a parking lot. Phone records show she sent more than 400 text messages to him and another boy, who was 15 at the time.

Taylor testified Monday that she did not have sex with the teen. She said the messages were part She has been on paid leave from her job at East Valley High School.

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