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Teacher sexually assaults teen student, tells court she ‘tried to find comfort’ in criminal affair

A former substitute teacher and coach in Michigan will spend more than two years behind bars following sentencing based on her conviction for third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

According to the Lansing State Journal, 27-year-old Allyson Brittany Moran received a 25-month to 15-year prison term this week after prosecutors described her affair with a 15-year-old boy as manipulative.

“She used her position to gain his trust,” said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Steve Kwasnik, adding that “she took that and manipulated it into something for personal gratification.”

Sean Carroll, who represented Moran at trial, said she was facing the “perfect storm” amid a career change, domestic issues and a recent miscarriage.

“She’s faced alienation, stigma and shame,” he said, claiming that she has “grown from the situation.”

As the New York Post reported, both the prosecutor and judge in the case took exception to Moran’s defense, which seemed to place some of the blame on her victim.

“I tried to find comfort wherever I could,” she said. “At 27, I will have a lifetime of consequences that will surpass any prison time.”

She further apologized to the boy’s parents, echoing her lawyer’s assertion that her personal issues led to a period in which she “slipped away.”

Moran initially faced accusations stemming from the 2016-2017 school year when the victim was a student in her class as CrimeOnline previously reported.

The victim reportedly came forward in August 2017 to report two instances of abuse, which occurred at a residence in Dansville in April of the same year.

[Featured image: Allyson Brittany Moran, Ingham County Sheriff’s Office]