Rebecca Noonan a school teacher is likely to avoid jail time after tending that she was too drunk to remember having sex with her 13 year old victim.
Rebecca Noonan a 33 year old Minneapolis, high school soccer teacher may have just scored the winning goal in extra time after a Minnesota judge agreed to consider waving statutory rape charges against the woman after having sex with a 13 year old boy.
The move comes after the Champlin Park High School teacher pled guilty to the lesser charge of fourth degree, criminal sexual sexual conduct comes after insisting she was too drunk and impaired when she had sex with her victim.
Which is to say, it wasn’t her fault. Hadn’t planned it. Even if the alcohol only served to cast aside her inhibitions.
The decision to waive more serious charges reports the Star Tribune follows an episode in 2014 in which Noonan, a head coach for the school’s all female soccer team, became so inebriated she was literally unable to recall ever having sex with the minor.
Noted a signed document: ‘I was so drunk or so under the influence of drugs or medicine, that I did not know what I was doing at the time of the crime.’
Because of the plea deal, Noonan could avoid being sent to prison, with all charges being ultimately dismissed once she completes all the requirements ordered by Anoka County District Court officials.
No more kicking off-side….
A Norgaard plea, as tended to the court allows for defendants to state that either inebriation through drugs or alcohol, as well as amnesia, prevented them from ‘recalling what they are alleged to have done.’
According to the teacher’s defense attorney, Kirk Anderson, Noonan knew the teenager through his mother, whom she had been friends with for some time. During a visit to the acquaintance’s home last August or September, Ms. Noonan and the 13-year-old began drinking alcohol and at some point, they ended up in his bedroom where they proceeded to have sex.
Penalty kick coming up…
Once they were done, she reportedly asked the child not to share word of what had just occurred with anyone as could she could go to prison over the matter. He adhered to her request temporarily before sharing the news with his siblings, who in turn, relayed the tale to their mother, who notified police. Ms. Noonan was subsequently arrested and primarily charged with third-and-fifth degree criminal sexual conduct for the incident.
The deal, signed off on by both Assistant County Attorney Blair Buccicone and Noonan’s lawyers, came to pass on Monday after both sides participated in ‘lengthy conversations and negotiations’.
Of note, it is being said that the offer was made due to a substantial absence of evidence, which made it difficult for prosecutors to find the teacher fully guilty of the supposed crime.
Told another defense lawyer for Noonan, Scott Lewis: ‘There wasn’t a lot of proof,’
Adding: ‘She has always maintained her innocence,’
‘It’s essentially an acquittal without the risk of a trial.’
Of note, Rebecca Noonan’s former employer declined to renew her employment contract upon it expiring in July, 2015. Coincidentally initial charges against the woman were meted out earlier that month.
A decision on the terms of the plea deal is expected in April when the court reconvenes for sentencing in April.
Before that occurs, Noonan has been ordered to undergo a ‘psycho-sexual evaluation’. Indeed.