Substitute teacher found guilty of assaulting students at Bloomington school

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The woman accused of assaulting four children at a Bloomington elementary school more than a year ago was convicted Monday, WCCO reports.

A Hennepin County judge found 60-year-old Laura Avery guilty of four counts of malicious punishment of a child, according the county attorney's office. The Star Tribune says she was acquitted of one count of witness tampering.

KARE 11 says Avery had waived her right to a jury trial.

According to the criminal complaint, Avery cursed at a classroom full of fifth-graders at Oak Grove Elementary on Dec. 13, 2012 when they started acting up and then physically punished the students, ages 10 and 11.

Investigators found that Avery kicked one of the boys, pulled another boy's hair and slapped him in the face, grabbed a third boy by the neck and forcefully grabbed the shoulder of another boy, WCCO reports.

The teacher was removed from the school district following the allegations.

Avery received her teaching license in 1986 and began substituting for Bloomington Public Schools in 2003. The Star Tribune says her license was still active Monday.

A sentencing date has not been scheduled, KARE 11 says.

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