Former teacher found guilty of raping student

Former teacher found guilty of raping student »Play Video
Jennifer Rice is seen in Pierce County Superior Court on Monday, April 20, 2009.
TACOMA, Wash. -- A former elementary school teacher accused of raping a 10-year-old student and his 15-year-old brother was back in court Monday where she was convicted.

Jennifer Rice, 33, cried softly in Pierce County Superior Court as Judge D. Gary Steiner found her guilty of molestation, kidnapping and two counts of child rape.

The proceeding was a stipulated facts trial, in which a defendant agrees to a set of facts outlining the alleged crimes with the understanding that a jury would likely find them guilty.

Prosecutors wrote in court documents that they requested this type of trial to spare the victims from having to testify in open court.

In charging documents filed after her arrest, prosecutors said Rice repeatedly raped a 10-year-old boy who was a student at McKinley Elementary School where she was working as a contract teacher.

On August 11, 2007, Rice allegedly picked the boy up at his home and drove him to a rest stop near Enumclaw and raped him before driving him back to his uncle's house.

Court documents indicate that the two had intercourse several times on previous occasions, including once in the boy's home.

Rice was also charged with raping the boy's 15-year-old brother in July of 2007.

She faces more than 25 years in prison when she is sentenced in June.