A former paraprofessional at the Monett school district was arrested on Sunday for alleged sexual contact with a student. Loryn Barclay, 24, of Monett, is charged with four counts of sexual contact with a student by a teacher, two in Lawrence County and two in Barry County.
According to a probable cause report filed by Jay Jastal, officer with the Monett police department who serves as school resource officer, on April 27, he received a tip from an anonymous source about a possible sexual relationship between Barclay and a student.
On May 3, Jastal spoke with the 17-year-old student, who allegedly confirmed he and Barclay had intercourse and oral sex on multiple occasions between November 2016 and January 2017. The interactions allegedly occurred at Monett North Park in Lawrence County and at the student’s family’s home in Monett in Barry County.
On May 4, Jastal spoke with Barclay, and she allegedly said she “had an inappropriate relationship” with a student while employed by the district as a substitute. She said she had intercourse with the student twice at his home and performed oral sex on the student at North Park, each of the incidents occuring between November and December 2016.
Jastal said he spoke with Monett High School Principal David Williams, and he advised the district wished to pursue charges. Jastal said he does not believe any other students were involved with Barclay.
Barclay was first hired as a substitute teacher in the fall semester of 2016, and in November, she was hired as a paraprofessional. She began her teacher assistant role in January and was relieved of her duties on April 27.
“When we became aware of potential involvement with a student, we followed all procedures by informing the Children’s Division,” said Brad Hanson, Monett superintendent. “We had a conversation with her and she was not employed from then on. We learned about it the day of her exit as an employee. We dealt with it swiftly.
“The district followed all compliance issues and followed through with everything we needed to do, and now, we’ll let the legal side do it’s work.”
Hanson said he could not comment if any disciplinary action was taken against the student involved.
Lawrence County Prosecutor Al Don Trotter filed the charges against Barclay on Friday, and she was arrested and booked into the Lawrence County jail on Sunday at 7:51 p.m. Barclay met a $25,000 bond and was released at 8:32 p.m. Sunday.
A hearing is scheduled for July 24 at 9 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert George.
The charges in Barry County were filed on Monday. A warrant has been issued for Barclay with a cash-only bond of 10,000.