Female teacher, 48, found not guilty of sex with her teen boy student after she argued he was lying to get money

An Idaho instructor was acquitted Thursday of having intercourse with a teenage boy, who the girl defense team claimed was resting to help his mother win case against the school district.

A court found Nichole Noel Thiel, forty eight, not guilty of sexual battery having a teen. Thiel faced up to 25 years within prison if convicted.

Prosecutors alleged that will Thiel had sex with the child in late 2015 and early 2016 at her condominium. At the time of the particular alleged encounters, Thiel was a 46-year-old culinary arts teacher at River Pend Orielle High School in Sandpoint, while the student was 16.

The protection noted that the teen had accepted when questioned by police that will having sex with one of his educators was an item on his “bucket checklist. ” Attorney Michael Palmer furthermore noted that the teen’s mother got recently filed a claim contrary to the Lake Pend Orielle School Region.

inch[The student] has a massive motivation to get her convicted, ” Palmer told the jury, according to the Coeur d’Alene Press .

Palmer also pointed out differences in the teen’s recounting of the intimate encounters at Thiel’s condo. On one point, the defense lawyer said that the condo’s imitation porch was too small and as well inaccessible for the teen to action outside and smoke a cig, which he claimed he do.

Bonner County Prosecutor Louis Marshall informed the Coeur d’Alene Press which he accepted the verdict, but might follow up with the school’s principal as well as the district’s superintendent.

At the time of her arrest recording, Thiel was vice principal plus athletic director at the Coeur d’ Alene Charter Academy. She has been placed on leave when the accusations reached light. It was not immediately obvious whether she would be restored to that particular position.

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