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Substitute teacher charged with sexual battery faces judge

Sara Moore faces 10 counts of sexual battery of a minor

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OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – Sara Moore, 35, faced an Osceola County judge on Monday on 10 counts of sexual battery of a minor.

Documents released on Monday detail how Moore met her alleged victim.

According to St. Cloud police, someone found messages on the boy's cell phone that included, "I just want to be with you." When confronted, the boy began to cry, saying he didn't want Moore to get into trouble. After law enforcement was notified, the boy told police he met Moore while in school.

Investigators said that the boy began spending time at Moore's home, becoming friends with her children. The alleged victim also went on a family vacation to California with Moore's husband and children.

Detectives also said that there was suspicion about the boy's behavior when he became secretive with his phone. Family members also told police they found condoms in the boy's bedroom. Also, investigators allegedly found messages the boy sent from his sister's phone on Christmas Eve to Moore, requesting to meet.

St. Cloud Police said the boy told them Moore would pick him up with her SUV and have sex with him in parking lots as well as Moore's home between 10-15 times. Police recovered when they believe to be a soiled towel containing the boy's DNA in Moore's vehicle.

Moore's friends and family told News 6 that she is being falsely accused and is innocent. 

Police said Moore initially agreed to take a lie detector test, but then refused when she was told the test would take place immediately. After seizing her vehicle and cell phone, investigators also said Moore refused to give a DNA sample.

Moore has worked for the Osceola County School District for about three years, most recently as a substitute health teacher at St. Cloud Middle School. The district has terminated Moore pending the outcome of the investigation.

Neighbors said that Moore lives with her husband and children, describing them as a religious family.

A letter was sent home with students to inform parents of Moore's arrest. District officials said the safety of their students is their first priority.

Moore is being held without bond at the Osceola County jail.


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