Woman gets 5 years' probation for false molestation story

When two Rigdon Road Elementary School students said they'd been touched inappropriately by a teacher, police immediately began an investigation.

What they found, though, was that a teacher never touched the girls in a bathroom. Instead, evidence pointed to their mother, Amanda Powell.

And the October 2006 accusation wasn't the first time she'd had her kids make false claims.

"They determined that the mother, Mrs. Powell, was putting them up to it," said Assistant District Attorney LaRae Moore at Powell's Wednesday guilty plea hearing. "The mother threatened the children."

The same thing had happened in January 2003, court records show, when Powell forced her children to make a similar report.

The 42-year-old pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of second-degree cruelty to children and one count of making a false report. She was sentenced to five years' probation, continued treatment, medication, counseling and mental evaluations.

See Thursday's Ledger-Enquirer for more on this story.