A Nevada jury has found a 67-year-old Las Vegas  special education teacher guilty of abusing autistic children in her class.

Mamie Hubbard-Washington could face up to 30 years in state prison following her conviction Wednesday on five felony child abuse and neglect charges. Clark County District Court Judge Abbi Silver set sentencing for June 16.

Her lawyer, Mike Feliciano, declined comment. The Clark County School District suspended Hubbard-Washington following her arrest in May 2007.

She was accused of hitting, pinching, scratching and grabbing five autistic students she taught from April 2006 to March 2007 at Doris Reed Elementary School in northwest Las Vegas. Witnesses told police that Hubbard-Washington sometimes used a wooden yardstick to hit the children. They ranged in age from 6 to 8, and had problems communicating verbally.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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