Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Laura Dyar Sentenced to 30 Years

Laura Hall Dyar, 29-year-old former eighth grade teacher at Morgan County Middle School, Morgan County, Georgia, has been sentenced to a total of 30 years, with 10 years to serve and the remainder to be served on probation, after pleading guilty to several child molestation charges.

Dyer was arrested on March 14, 2011 after an initial warrant alleged that she engaged in sexual conduct with a 14-year-old male student in a department store parking lot in Madison. In June 2011, Dyar was indicted on 10 counts of charges ranging from aggravated child molestation to sexual exploitation of children. She plead guilty to one count child molestation, one count enticing a child for indecent purposes, one count criminal attempt to commit enticing a child for indecent purposes and two counts sexual exploitation of children. Alison Burleson, assistant district attorney, Ocmulgee Judicial District, said Dyar was sentenced for activities that involved four separates students, all under the age of 16–years–old, ranging from engaging in sexual conduct with the students to sexual exploitation after investigators located sexually explicit images of the some of the students on her cell phone.

Along with incarceration and probation, Dyar was also sentenced to pay a $2,000 fine, ordered to have no contact with the victims or their families and must abide by all sex offender conditions.

Investigation of the teacher student sex bagan when a guardian for one of the victims alleged that there was an inappropriate relationship between Dyar and the juvenile. The guardian was eventually arrested and charged with extortion after authorities alleged that Dyar paid the guardian a total of $1,200 to remain silent. Warrants allege that the guardian initially demanded $3,000 on March 7 “in cash from Laura Dyar by threatening to report Laura Dyar to Law Enforcement for having sexual contact with (the juvenile).” A separate warrant alleges that Dyar paid  the guardian a total of $1,200. The warrant alleges that on March 6 Dyar paid the guardian $900, and on March 7 the guardian demanded another $500, of which Dyar paid $300. The guardian was arrested on March 9 and charged with two counts of theft by extortion and one count criminal attempt to extort.

An initial warrant alleged Laura Dyar engaged in sexual conduct with a 14-year-old male student in a department store parking lot in Madison. The grand jury also indicted Dyar on charges of enticing a child for indecent purposes after she allegedly drove a student to an Athens department store and kissed the child. An indictment for criminal attempt to entice a child for indecent purposes alleges that Dyar “made plans to pick the (victim) up after an athletic event and take him to a place for the purpose of indecent acts…”, but that meeting was thwarted when the student's aunt arrived. The indicements also accused Dyar of performing oral sex acts on one of the victims and fondling another, both in local parking lots.

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