A 20-year-old afterschool aide accused of having sex with a 14-year-old student in San Miguel has pleaded no contest.
Sarah Elizabeth Drown, 20, entered her plea to one count of statutory rape before Judge Barry LaBarbera on Feb. 29. Shes scheduled to be sentenced March 28.
Drown faces a penalty of 180 days in San Luis Obispo County Jail and up to five years of formal probation, which prosecutor Dan Dow has requested, as part of her plea agreement.
When the case initially was filed, Drown faced four counts of statutory rape and up to five years in state prison. But three counts are being dismissed through the plea bargain.
Drown told a Sheriffs Office investigator that she had a boyfriend about her age, but she had sex with the 14-year-old boy at her home on a day when she was upset with her boyfriend, according to a sheriffs report.
She picked the teen up in her vehicle near his home and brought him to her house to watch a movie, according to the report.
The boy told authorities when they spoke to him that the heart wants what the heart wants in reference to the inappropriate relationship.
Drown has been ordered not to contact or see the teenager. She was fired from her job.
Shes not expected to have to register as a sex offender, which is not a requirement by law in statutory rape cases.