BOTHELL, Wash. - A former Seattle-area school district shop teacher has pleaded guilty in connection with lying about being attacked on campus.
Bothell city officials said in a news release Monday that 63-year-old Cal Pygott pleaded guilty Monday to making a false or misleading statement to a public servant and obstruction.
Officials say he will serve 20 days of home detention and pay more than $17,000 in restitution to the Bothell Police Department for investigation costs.
The Bothell High School teacher initially told investigators on May 19 he was hit from behind and choked with a zip tie at the school's wood shop. The school was temporarily locked down.
Police said Pygott later told investigators he was under a mountain of debt and that he intentionally injured himself.
He resigned from the school district in October.
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