Former Checotah teacher found guilty in rape of teens
BY SUSAN HYLTON World Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
EUFAULA — A former Checotah elementary school teacher was found guilty on Wednesday in the rape of two teenage boys.
Michelle Diane McCutchan’s bond was revoked and she returned to the McIntosh County jail after the nonjury trial.
She will be sentenced on Sept. 5.
Assistant District Attorney Crieg Rittenhouse said that the court found McCutchan guilty after she stipulated to the facts in nine of the 22 felony counts that she was originally charged with in May 2011.
The stipulated counts include rape, sodomy, child neglect and providing alcohol to minors.
“We feel like we accomplished what we set out to do which was to get a conviction without having (a young relative) have to testify,” which is traumatizing, Rittenhouse said.
Rittenhouse said that the District Attorney’s Office will make a recommendation for sentencing which will be decided by the judge.
The maximum sentence for the charges would be life plus 70 years.
Michelle Diane McCutchan