updated 6/9/2006 9:56:29 PM ET 2006-06-10T01:56:29

A New Portland woman was ordered to perform 50 hours of community service for helping her daughter and two other teenage girls bake cookies laced with a laxative that were given to a teacher.

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Julie Hunt, 43, was charged with misdemeanor assault last month after a police investigation into the prank at Carrabec Community School in Anson that sickened four seventh- and eighth-grade students.

Police said Hunt showed the girls, who were 13 and 14, how to crush Ex-Lax pills and mix them in with the cookie. The cookies were left on the desk of a teacher with a note that read, "We made these cookies especially for you, hope you enjoy them."

But instead of eating the cookies, the teacher shared them with students, who then became sick.

At Wednesday's hearing, Hunt was given a stern lecture by Superior Court Justice Joseph Jabar.

While Hunt admitted the assault, her sentencing was delayed for a year under the plea agreement. If she commits no new offenses during that time, the assault charge against her will be dropped.

Also during the hearing, Hunt was sentenced to five days in jail for violating probation for a prior arrest for operating a motor vehicle after her license was revoked. Because she has already served five days after her initial arrest, she will not face additional jail time.

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