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Ex-Vegas Teacher Gets Probation In Abuse Case

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 68-year-old former Las Vegas special education teacher has been sentenced to 60 days in jail and up to five years on probation after being found guilty of abusing autistic children in her class.

Court records show Clark County District Court Judge Abbi Silver on Thursday ordered Mamie Hubbard-Washington to undergo counseling and a mental health evaluation as part of her probation.

Hubbard-Washington was convicted after trial in February of five counts of felony child abuse and neglect.

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. The children ranged in age from 6 to 8.

Hubbard-Washington lost her Clark County School District job following her arrest in May 2007.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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