(Springfield, Missouri) In October 2009, former teacher and babysitter Laura D. Kirkland pleaded guilty to two different molestation charges involving boys.
Earlier today, Kirkland was sentenced to seven years in prison by Circuit Judge Calvin Holden.
Kirkland received a 14-year suspended sentence and probation for first-degree statutory sodomy and first-degree statutory rape, charges filed on July 23, 2008, for molesting a boy while he was between 8 and 10 years old.Kirkland will be required to attend sex offender counseling and register as a sex offender.
She received a seven-year sentence, with no probation, for second-degree statutory sodomy, a charge filed on Feb. 3, 2009, for her relationship with a 16-year-old boy.
A prosecutor estimates Kirkland likely will serve three to five years of that sentence before being paroled.
Babysitter Charged with Rape of Boy, 11
[Previous 7/24/08 post]
(Springfield, Missouri) A 25-year-old local babysitter, Laura D. Kirkland, has been accused of raping and sodomizing a child.
According to a probable cause statement, an 11-year-old boy said this week in an interview with Child Advocacy investigators that his ex-baby sitter Laura D. Kirkland made him touch her.Kirkland was booked into custody at the Greene County Jail with bond set at $75,000 (another source reports bond set at $50,000).
The child also said his baby sitter performed oral sex on him and described having intercourse with her. He said the incidents happened at her house from the time was 8 (sic) until he was 10 years old, and that he was scared when she did these things.
The probable cause statement said Kirkland, 25, admitted to sexual contact, including performing oral sex on the child and having sexual intercourse with the child.
According to this report, Kirkland was not only a babysitter but also a fifth-grade teacher at Christian Schools of Springfield, operated by the Baptist Temple Church. The senior pastor at Baptist Temple, Mark Rounsaville, said Kirkland wouldn't be returning this fall.
Kirkland has a preliminary hearing scheduled for August 26.