Because the 22-year-old assistant cheerleading coach was a “person in a position of authority,” she found herself facing felony sex charges after performing oral sex on a 17-year-old high school student in her car.
But prosecutors were willing to strike a deal.
The young woman won’t have to register as a sex offender, as David Knowles reports for the New York Daily News, though she did plead guilty to conducting performance harmful to minors, a felony in Indiana.
She’ll be on probation for a year and a half and will do 25 hours of community service. But if all goes smoothly, the incident will be a “blip on the radar” for her, as her defense attorney said.
After all, she’s only 22.
Had the situation been any different – Indiana law says that state employees cannot have sex with anyone under 18 if the employee oversees the minor, even though the age of consent in that state is 16 – she may not have faced charges at all.