Female football coach Rebecca Lee Noonan may avoid going to jail if the judge accepts that she was “so drunk” when she committed the crime.
Champlin Park High School’s instructor, Noonan, accepted a lesser charge of the fourth degree criminal sexual conduct last week.
Rebecca Lee Noonan has alleged that due to being extremely intoxicated, she could not recall if she had sex with her underage lover.
“I was so drunk or so under the influence of drugs or medicine,” the signed document states, “that I did not know what I was doing at the time of the crime.” Because of the plea deal, Ms. Noonan could avoid being sent to prison, with all charges being ultimately dismissed once she completes all the requirements ordered by Anoka County District Court officials.
Her plea deal allows for what is called a “stay of adjudication” which is for the defendants to state that either inebriation through drugs or alcohol, as well as amnesia, prevented them from “recalling what they are alleged to have done.”
Once Rebecca Lee Noonan was done, she reportedly asked the child not to share the incident as she could go to prison over the matter. But the 13 year old shared the news with his sibling who in turn relayed the tale to their mother who notified the police.
Ms. Rebecca Lee Noonan was subsequently arrested and primarily charged with third-and-fifth degree criminal sexual conduct for the incident. The deal, signed off on by both Assistant County Attorney Blair Buccicone and Ms. Noonan’s lawyers, came to pass on Monday after both sides participated in “lengthy conversations and negotiations” about the case.
Additionally, it is being said that the offer was made due to a substantial absence of evidence, which made it difficult to find her fully guilty of the supposed crime.
“There wasn’t a lot of proof.”
“She has always maintained her innocence,” Mr. Lewis continued. “It’s essentially an acquittal without the risk of a trial.”
She also trained kids at a summer camp on how to play the strenuous sport and was refused a contract by the High School following the incident in Minnesota.