Southwest Licking Local Schools employee arrested, charged with having sex with 14-year-old

LICKING CO., Ohio (WCMH)–A Licking County woman was arrested Tuesday on charges she had sex with a 14-year-old boy over a period of several months.

The Licking County Sheriff’s Office said deputies arrested 37-year-old Michelle Moore for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

Moore appeared via video Wednesday as she was arraigned in a Licking County courtroom. She had her bond set at $75 thousand and she has been instructed to have no contact with the alleged victim, or unsupervised contact with anyone younger than age 18.

Southwest Licking Local School District Superintendent Robert T. Jennell said Moore was a substitute aide with the schools. She was hired by the school’s board of education, he said.

“We’re working in conjunction with the Licking County Sheriff department,” Jennell said. “This is an issue they are investigating.”

The district released the following statement:

The Southwest Licking Local School District was informed yesterday that a woman had been arrested and charged with engaging in sexual conduct with a minor. The woman had worked as a part-time substitute employee for the School District for a little over one year. As far as the School District knows it is not alleged that any part of the crime occurred on School District property or was connected in any way with the woman’s substitute employment with the School District. The School District is cooperating with law enforcement in its investigation of this matter. The safety of the children attending school in the District is of utmost importance to the District, and the District will continue to work with the appropriate authorities to maintain a safe environment for all of the students attending Southwest Licking Schools.

Over a period of several weeks, the sheriff’s office said, detectives investigated sexual allegations made by a 14-year-old male victim.

The victim said he and Moore engaged in multiple sexual encounters involving sexual intercourse over a period of several months from October 2015 through January 2016. The victim also disclosed the sexual intercourse took place in several locations throughout Licking County.

At approximately 1 p.m. Tuesday, Licking County detectives interviewed Moore. The sheriff’s office said she admitted to having sexual intercourse with the juvenile in several different locations. Moore was arrested and placed in the Licking County Justice Center.

NBC4 reached out to Moore, who did not want to be interviewed. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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