Mother defends substitute teacher arrested for sexual battery

St. Cloud teacher charged with 10 counts of sexual battery on a minor

ST. CLOUD, Fla. – An Osceola County substitute teacher is behind bars without bond after being arrested at her house on Sunday.

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Sara Moore, 35, was arrested and charged with 10 counts of sexual battery on a minor.

District officials told News 6 that Moore most recently worked as a substitute health teacher at St. Cloud Middle School. The district also said Moore has worked within the district for at least three years, but was terminated on Monday.

Moore's mother, however, said that her daughter hasn't done anything wrong.

"It has not been proved that she's done anything wrong, and she did not," said Moore's mother as she left their family home Sunday. "You know what, she's innocent until she is proven guilty. Don't make it look otherwise. She's a good, lovely person. You ask anybody that knows her."

St. Cloud police said that Moore had several sexual encounters with the victim inside the home where neighbors said she lives with her husband and children. Police also said the victim went on a family vacation to California.

Detectives didn't immediately say if Moore's alleged victim was a student at the school or how they knew each other.

Police said there was suspicious on the alleged victim's behavior after he became secretive with his phone and a box of condoms was found in his bedroom.

Investigators also said Moore would frequently pick the boy up from his home, even after being told he wasn't allowed to leave.

Students return to school from the holiday break Monday. The district sent a letter home with the students to inform parents about the incident. School officials said the safety of their students is their No. 1 priority.

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