Former Monett substitute teacher enters plea deal, sentenced in sex crime case

MONETT, Mo. – A former Monett High School substitute teacher enters a plea deal and is sentenced for harassment, after being accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old male student.

Loryn Barclay worked for the school district at the times of the crimes. According to court documents, the sexual relationship between Barclay and the student happened between November 2016 and January 2017.

Although 17-years-old is older than the age of consent in Missouri, sexual contact with a student by a school contract employee is illegal.

Police interviewed Barclay in 2017. According to court documents, she admitted to having an inappropriate relationship with a student at the high school.

The Prosecution charged Barclay with sexual contact with a student by contract employee in 2017.

On Feb. 21, 2020, as part of the plea bargain, she pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of harassment (Class D felony).

A judge gave Barclay a suspended sentence of three years in prison. Instead of serving that time, she’ll spend five years on probation.