(Feb. 14, 2013) – A former Shelbyville High School assistant cheerleading coach accused of having inappropriate relations with a 17-year-old student entered a plea deal in court Thursday.
Megan Crafton was arrested on June 15 and charged with child seduction, after the Shelbyville Police Department received information about her relationship with a male student.
Crafton was originally charged with child seduction, but as part of her plea deal, her charge was changed to dissemination of matter or conducting performance harmful to minors, which she pleaded guilty to. The new charge is still a felony, but Crafton will not have to register as a sex offender.
“The prosecutor’s office was willing to compromise to that level. I can’t speak to their motivations for doing that. I just know they worked well with us,” said Allen Lindy, Crafton’s attorney.
Lindy continued. “She’s got her whole life ahead of her, and hopefully, this is just a blip on the radar for her.”
According to court documents, Crafton admitted to police to performing oral sex on a then 17-year-old student at the high school where she was working inside her car in a Western Supermarket parking lot in Shelbyville.
“Even though he wasn’t a cheerleader that she had, he was still in the system as a student, which put her in a position of authority, which made it illegal,” said Lt. Michael Turner with the Shelbyville Police Department.
Crafton’s Attorney had fought that argument that was made by authorities months ago by arguing that his client may not have been a school employee. He also claimed his client did not supervise the male student, but a document she had signed that was later presented by the prosecution pushed the case forward according to Lindy.
“Megan did talk to the police. She did make admissions of the conduct involved, and again, she did sign as an employee of the school even though in a very, very limited role,” said Lindy.
Crafton will be on probation for approximately a year and a half, she will serve 25 hours of community service, and pay court fees among other court-ordered requirements.
The deputy prosecutor on the case, Jennifer Kinzley, said they met with Lindy several times, and they feel this conclusion is fair to both sides.
She also said if Crafton does not violate her probation, she can ask a judge to reduce the sentence to a misdemeanor.
Crafton did not speak with FOX59.
Shelbyville Central School officials also did not comment Thursday on the case.