July 20, 2021

A Washington State University teacher who was accused of sexually abusing dozens of students at her private boarding school was found guilty on Monday.

Linda J. McQuade, 56, was found not guilty by reason of insanity, the court in Olympia heard.

McQuade was arrested in March 2014 and charged with seven counts of sexual abuse of a minor.

She was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with the possibility of parole after 10 years.

The verdict came after McQuades attorney argued that jurors didn’t understand how McQuaces actions impacted the students.

Prosecutors had asked jurors to consider McQuace’s conduct as a teacher, but McQuas defense argued the charges against her were fabricated, and she did not have the capacity to make these decisions.

The jury had deliberated about two hours before finding McQuotes guilty on the first-degree sexual abuse count, according to court documents.

The defense argued that McQuaded, who was a substitute teacher for nearly 20 years at the school, had no recollection of having sexual relations with students at the boarding school and was innocent of the charges.

Mc Quade, who did not enter a plea, has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual misconduct with a minor and five counts of felony possession of a controlled substance.

She remains jailed on $10 million bail.

The court in June acquitted McQuae of charges of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old student in 2003.

She was sentenced in 2016 to nine years in jail.

Mcquade also faces a separate lawsuit filed by a woman who accused McQuack of sexual harassment in 2012.

The lawsuit, filed by the woman’s mother, accused Mc Quade of asking the woman to drink vodka, which she did, and that Mc Quack kissed the woman without her consent.

The lawsuit alleged the two were romantically involved and the woman didn’t report it to authorities.