A 27-year-old former teacher at a Missouri high school pleaded guilty Friday in case that saw her accused of repeatedly having sex with a student.
Loryn Barclay, who served as a substitute teacher, teacher’s aide and teacher’s assistant at Monett High School, was convicted of harassment of someone under the age of 17, a class D felony. Jasper County Circuit Court Judge David B. Mouton suspended Barclay’s three-year prison sentence and gave her five years supervised probation.
Barclay was allowed to plead to the charge even though the unnamed student was 17, which is the legal age of consent in Missouri.
Originally, Barclay was charged with four counts under a law that prohibits sexual contact with a student by an educator at a public school. Two of the charges were filed in Barry County, within whose jurisdiction she admitted to having intercourse with the boy twice at his family’s home. The other two were filed in Lawrence County, where she admitted to giving the boy oral sex at North Park.
Barclay, who now lives in Oklahoma, also must register as a sex offender. She is barred from contact with the student or his family.
Neither Barclay or her attorney could be reached for comment.
Loryn Barclay gets exposed
A school resource officer at the high school received an anonymous tip about Barclay’s relationship with the student in April 2017. In a subsequent interview with the officer, the boy recounted multiple sexual encounters with Barclay between November 2016 and January 2017.
On May 4, 2017, the school resource officer interviewed Barclay, then 24, who admitted to “an inappropriate relationship” with the student while employed as a substitute. She confirmed each of the instances of intercourse and oral sex.
Barclay was hired as a substitute teach in August 2016, the Monett Times reported. She became a paraprofessional – an aide that usually assists with special needs students – in November and then a teacher’s assistant in January 2017. She was fired on the day the school resource officer was tipped off about her actions.
At a preliminary court hearing in August 2018, the student testified that he became interested in Barclay when she was substitute teaching near the end of 2017. He messaged her, and they began chatting on social media and in text messages.
In a written statement to Monett police, the boy said the two bonded “over hobbies and mutual interests.”
After about a week of the back-and-forth, the student told the court, he asked to start seeing her outside of school, and she agreed.