A former Bothell High School teacher who faked a classroom attack pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors and will serve 20 days home detention and pay more than $17,000 in fines and restitution.

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A former Bothell High School wood-shop teacher who lied about being the victim of an unprovoked attack on campus in May pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor charges of making a false statement and obstruction, according to a city news release.

Cal Pygott, 63, was ordered to serve 20 days of home detention and must pay more than $17,000 in fines and restitution, according to Bothell spokeswoman Barbara Ramey.

Pygott was charged in September with making false or misleading statements to police and obstructing a police investigation of the alleged attack. He faced up to 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine for each charge, according to a statement from the city.

Most of the money Pygott was ordered to pay will go to reimburse the Bothell Police Department for the costs of the investigation, the release says.

The charges stemmed from the May 19 incident at Bothell High in which police say Pygott fabricated a story of being attacked inside the wood shop.

In initial interviews, Pygott told police he woke up in a pool of blood with a zip tie around his neck after being struck from behind and left unconscious. A fellow teacher found him on the ground outside the shop.

Pygott’s injuries were not serious.

After the incident, authorities temporarily locked down the school at 9130 N.E. 180th St. under the belief Pygott may have been the victim of an attack.

Police said they found inconsistencies between Pygott’s statements and evidence collected at the scene. In hours of security footage, investigators saw no assailant, officials have said.

On Aug. 25, city officials announced Pygott told investigators he’d lied.

After the announcement, the Northshore School District placed Pygott on leave. In an Aug. 29 letter to the Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Office, district officials reported having evidence that Pygott “deliberately misrepresented” facts of the incident to school officials and police investigators.

He resigned in October and indicated he planned to surrender his teaching certificate, according to the district.

Pygott was profiled by The Seattle Times nine years ago for his work creating the Construction Academy, an award-winning program designed to teach students the basics of carpentry and the construction industry.