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Jury Finds Former Danbury High Teacher Not Guilty In Student Sex Case

Kayla Mooney, of Danbury was found not guilty of second-degree sexual assault and distributing alcohol to a minor. She was accused of having a sexual relationship with a male student while teaching physics at Danbury High School.
Kayla Mooney, of Danbury was found not guilty of second-degree sexual assault and distributing alcohol to a minor. She was accused of having a sexual relationship with a male student while teaching physics at Danbury High School. Photo Credit: Danbury Police Department

DANBURY, Conn. — A jury found a former physics teacher at Danbury High School not guilty Tuesday of charges of having sex with a male student, the News-Times reported.

Kayla Mooney had been charged with three counts of second-degree sexual assault and one count of providing liquor to a minor and had faced 10 years in prison if convicted. She was found not guilty on all counts by the seven-member jury after just a few hours of deliberations, the News-Times said.

The accuser, a 17-year-old student, had been painted as a not credible witness during the trial, although prosecutors had brought forward evidence including text messages and voicemails, the News-Times said.

Mooney was placed on leave back in February 2015 and arrested in March 2015. The Danbury School District fired her in April 2015 because was she had failed to maintain her certification. Her trial began June 29, over a year after her arrest.

Click here to read the story at the News-Times website.

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