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Former sub teacher gets 10 years for sex with teen

Posted on Friday, August 11, 2017 at 4:38 pm

By Ken Jackson
Staff Writer

The St. Cloud woman who plead guilty to multiple charges of having sexual contact with a teenage boy then working to cover up the evidence will serve just under 10 years in prison.

Friday, Ninth Circuit Judge Jon B. Morgan also said Sara Moore, 37, will serve 15 years of sex offender probation. She will be credited with 581 days of time already served, creating about an eight-and-a-half year sentence.

Despite Moore never admitting to having sex with the teen, she agreed to a plea agreement last month. Her defense Friday asked she receive two years in jail and two years of probation, but Morgan noted the two sides agreed on a “fair” five to 15 year sentence in the plea deal.

Moore had considerable support Friday — 40 family members wearing stickers with her name — turned out in court, including her husband Michael, her parents and at least one of her five children. Her husband, mother, brother and family friend spoke in court of a loving mother and good friend. Expecting she couldn’t get through reading it herself, Moore penned a letter to the court read by counsel.

“I am remorseful for my actions,” it read. “They were caused by a lapse in judgment that led to a huge mistake.”

Defense attorney Roger Scott said Moore had been suffering from a personality disorder, brought on or made worse by the passing of a younger sister.

“It led to destructive behavior out of a cry for help,” he said. “She needs help that isn’t provided in prison.”

Prosecutors countered with a letter written by the victim’s father, who chose not to appear due to the case’s profile.

“The accused has caused my son to hurt on a minute-by-minute basis, changing the lives of all connected,” it read, noting Moore should be considered “a monster”.

“We know a different Sara Moore.”

The prosecution highlighted the evidence tampering charge.

“Her conduct, despite what family knows, is of someone who made another mistake to try to destroy the evidence of the first one.”

Morgan noted that without the plea deal Moore would have been subject to a sentence of 37 years.

The sexual acts occurred as many as 25 times between October and December 2015, at her home in the Espirit subdivision and in her SUV, according to a St. Cloud Police report. Moore was working as a substitute teacher at St. Cloud Middle School at the time.

Following her arrest and bailing out, Moore was arrested again for tampering with evidence when police say she went to a St. Cloud cellphone store and asked a clerk how to remotely delete information from her phone, which had taken by police as evidence.