A 27-year-old married substitute teacher in Michigan was convicted after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy she met at detention. The substitute teacher, Allyson Brittany Moran, was sentenced to 25 months to 15 years. The judge and one of the prosecutors had criticized the woman after she claimed that the boy initiated the sexual incidents.
“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 said. “She lured him into an adulterous affair.” - as reported by the New York Post.
Moran was a long-term substitute in a chemistry class and coaching girls soccer at the Stockbridge High School. Her arrested date was in September of 2017 and that was just months after the teenage boy had informed his girlfriend of the sexual assault/incidents.
It was a relative of the boy who notified the police, according to his testimony.
The teacher's attorney, Sean Carroll, tried to persuade the listeners that the sexual incidents stemmed from a "perfect storm" of things that happened to Moran, his client. Those events included a new job, miscarriage, bitterness towards her husband - but none of which are reasons to find one having a sexually charged relationship with a teenager, which is why the prosecution and judge had scolded Moran.
Moran's attorney requested probation instead of jail time on account of her losing her career and registering as a sex offender.
Carroll stated, "She’s faced alienation, stigma and shame... She’s grown from the situation."
His client, Moran, then apologized to the teenager's parents and said that her miscarriage lead to her poor choices.
"I tried to find comfort wherever I could,... At 27, I will have a lifetime of consequences that will surpass any prison time."
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Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Joyce Draganchuk didn't like what she said and criticized her for not talking about the boy who will have his own lifetime of consequences for being wrapped up in this case, then cited him as a “vulnerable” victim.
"I wish so much that you had talked more about the lifetime of consequences [he] has,” Draganchuk said. “He’s criticized and judged and he didn’t do anything wrong."
The boy's mother also chimed in, suggesting that he was unrecognizable after this incident with the teacher. She said, “She took things from him he’ll never get back... Tell me how it’s a child’s fault that his teacher preyed upon him."
She then said the boy feels guilty for Moran because she attempted suicide after she was arrested. She claims he is teased at school as well.
What exactly happened between the teacher and student?
At some point they had met and exchanged Snapchat, a popular app teens use for sharing photos.
According to court documents, in an article by the New York Post, the teacher invited him to her house when her husband was not home. She opened the door and was only wearing a bra, underwear, and an open robe.
It's reported that while at the house, she took him into a spare bedroom and sexually assaulted him. She invited him back a few days later and they did it again.
Lansing State Journal reported:
In March, the two began exchanging messages on Snapchat, a social networking platform that typically erases messages and multimedia after they are viewed.
"At first it was just normal... asking how I was doing," he said, but later they "started talking more in a sexual manner."
Moran and the boy eventually exchanged nude pictures of themselves via Snapchat, he said.
In April, while the school was on spring break, Moran invited the boy to her home in Dansville but told him to park away from the home so her neighbors wouldn't see his car, he testified.
When he arrived, Moran led him into a basement "man cave," then took off her robe and kissed him, the boy said. They then went to an upstairs bedroom.
Mom claims that "He’s missing out on his teenage years because of what she did" - but many would argue this might be the highlight of his teen years. Many don't believe the boy is being teased, nor do they believe he is a victim. If anything, the boy was an equal counterpart in a situation that simply should not have happened.
The teacher was clearly wrong, but we must remember the boy was just as guilty in his participation. Afterall, he went back a second time.