A substitute teacher who sexually assaulted a 15-year-old student will spend at least two years in prison after a judge reprimanded her for “blaming” the assault on her victim, the Lansing State Journal reports.
Allyson Brittany Moran, 27, a former long-term substitute teacher at Stockbridge High School, in Stockbridge, Michigan, was sentenced Wednesday to 25 months to 15 years in prison for third-degree sexual assault on the teen, according to the State Journal
"She used her position to gain his trust...and she took that and manipulated it into something for personal gratification," Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Steve Kwasnik told the court, according to the State Journal. "She lured him into an adulterous affair."
Moran, who substituted as a chemistry teacher, was arrested in September 2017 after the victim told his girlfriend about the assaults, which took place twice at Moran’s home, according to the Herald & Review. The case was brought to the attention of authorities when a relative of the victim contacted police.
The first incident took place in April 2017, when Moran lured the boy to her home and told him her husband was out of town, meeting the teen at the door wearing an open robe with nothing underneath except underwear and a bra, according to the State Journal. Then, she brought him to a bedroom, where she assaulted him.
"I was so nervous, I was kind of shaky," the teen said in court at a preliminary hearing in October 2017, according to the State Journal.
Several days later, she invited him back and assaulted him again, the State Journal reports.
When cops caught up with Moran and brought her in for questioning, she texted a friend of the victim, lamenting that the boy had come forward, saying her teenage victim had “ruined her life, that she was going to die, why did (he) tell?" according to the State Journal.
Speaking in court, Moran’s lawyer said his client was going through a rough patch at the time of the incidents, having recently experienced a miscarriage, fighting with her husband, and adjusting to a new job in the district, according to the New York Post. The lawyer, Sean Carroll, begged the judge to let Moran off with probation, saying that a lifetime as a registered sex offender would be punishment enough.
"She's faced alienation, stigma and shame," Carroll said. "She's grown from the situation."
In a statement to the court, Moran apologized to the boy’s parents, and said she had “slipped away” during the time that the assaults took place.
"I tried to find comfort wherever I could," Moran said. "At 27, I will have a lifetime of consequences that will surpass any prison time."
But judge Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Joyce Draganchuk wasn’t in the mood for Moran’s sob story, according to the Herald & Review. Before sentencing Moran, Draganchuk chastised Moran for her belated remorse, and urged the former teacher to think instead of what her victim lost as a result of the ordeal, the Herald & Review reports.
"I wish so much that you had talked more about the lifetime of consequences (he) has," Draganchuk said, according to the newspaper. "He's criticized and judged and he didn't do anything wrong."
[Photo: Ingham County Jail]
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