A former part-time afterschool aide in San Miguel who was accused of having sex with a 14-year-old student was sentenced to jail time and probation Wednesday in San Luis Obispo Superior Court.
Judge Barry LaBarbera sentenced Sarah Drown to 180 days in County Jail and three years of formal probation. He ordered Drown to surrender to the jail Tuesday.
Drown, 21, of San Miguel pleaded no contest to one count of statutory rape in February. LaBarbera’s sentence also orders her to have no contact with the 14-year-old boy she had sex with, or any other underage boys, during the course of her probation, according to San Luis Obispo County Deputy District Attorney Dan Dow.
Drown told a San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s 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 sheriff’s 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.
Factors in her sentencing included that Drown had no prior criminal history. But her position of trust in the program was an aggravating factor.
The facts of the case didn’t support a more serious child molestation charge, prosecutors said Wednesday. That’s why statutory rape was alleged.
The reason for the statutory rape charge is that the victim wasn’t younger than 14 and Drown was not at least 10 years older than a victim who was 14 or 15, which are two of the requirements in the child molestation law.
Drown is not required to register as a sex offender, which is not mandatory under the law for statutory rape convictions.
Suspicion fell on Drown when a teacher reported her concerns to the San Miguel school district superintendent after seeing Drown walking home with the eighth-grade student in January.
Later, the teacher saw what appeared to be hickey marks on the boy’s neck.
The boy told authorities when they spoke to him that “the heart wants what the heart wants” in reference to the inappropriate relationship.