Monday, April 11, 2016
Ohio woman posts bond after unlawful sexual conduct with a minor charges
A judge ordered bond for a Licking County woman to be set at $75,000 cash surety Wednesday on a charge of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. Michelle Lynn Moore, 37, of Etna was arrested Tuesday by Licking County Sheriff’s deputies. She has since posted bond.
According to a report from the Sheriff’s Office, a 14-year-old boy made a complaint on January 31.
Moore appeared via video Wednesday as she was arraigned in a Licking County courtroom. In addition to setting bond, the judge ordered her to have no contact with the alleged victim, or unsupervised contact with anyone younger than 18 years old.
NBC4 obtained Moore’s personnel record from Southwest Licking Local School District, where she worked part-time as a substitute teacher’s aide and in other substitute positions.
Superintendent Bob Jennell said Moore’s background check came back clean when she was hired. She worked for the district for a little more than a year. Jennell said she last worked for the district in January.
“When somebody is out on leave for a particular reason—vacation, sick day, something like that—[she] among others in the sub pool are contacted to fill a position for a particular day,” Jennell said.
Jennell said Moore’s contract would not be renewed and that she would no longer work for the district. “It’s frustrating that we’re here for kids and something like this would happen,” Jennell said.
Christopher Reamer, first assistant prosecutor for Licking County, said Wednesday that none of the alleged incidents happened on school property.
The Licking County Sheriff’s Office said Moore admitted to having sexual intercourse with the juvenile in several different locations. NBC4 reached out to Moore Tuesday, but she did not want to be interviewed.
Reamer said more charges could be filed against Moore, in connection with the same alleged victim.
“There was a relationship between the two families,” Reamer said. “The children were acquaintances and that was how they grew to know each other.”
Reamer said unlawful sexual conduct with a minor is a third-degree felony, punishable by a maximum of five years in prison.