A Michigan substitute teacher who blamed her 15-year-old victim for the sexual assault of which she was found guilty was sentenced to prison on Wednesday.
A judge sentenced Allyson Brittany Moran, 27, to a minimum of 25 months and a maximum of 15 years in prison for third-degree criminal sexual conduct, but not before the judge and a prosecutor reprimanded her for blaming her victim for her crimes, the Lansing State Journal reported.
“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.”
Moran’s attorney, Sean Carroll, argued that his client should serve probation because his client had a “perfect storm” of unfortunate events in her life leading up to the assaults.
“She’s faced alienation, stigma, and shame,” Carroll said. “She’s grown from the situation.”
Moran, who worked at Stockbridge High School as a substitute chemistry teacher and girls’ soccer coach, claimed at her sentencing that she “tried to find comfort” by having an affair.
“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.”
Moran invited the teen to her house in April 2017 several times before sexually assaulting him, according to court documents. The 15-year-old victim later discussed the sexual assaults with his girlfriend, and then one of his relatives told the police about the assault.
Once authorities learned of the assault, they arrested Moran in September 2017 for criminal sexual conduct.