Posted: Mar 25, 2011 6:16 PM by Melissa Hawkes
Updated: Mar 25, 2011 6:27 PM
A former Ascension Episcopal School counselor pleads guilty to enticing a minor to have sex. Allison Hargrave originally plead not guilty due to insanity back in July.
Hargrave's defense attorney, Kevin Stockstill, said his client pleading guilty put's her fate solely in the hands of a federal judge instead of a jury.
"We are hopeful by accepting responsibility, that will be one of the factors that the court will consider in giving her a more lenient sentence," he said.
According to court documents, Hargrave sent graphic emails and texts to a fourteen year-old girl and suggested places to meet to have sex. Stockstill said those are the strongest pieces of evidence against her.
He explained, "based on the physiological evidence, based on the email evidence and the other email evidence that the government was able to put together and produce in their investigation. We had to make a decision as to whether or not they could prove their case."
It's been a year since the case was first filed by the victim's family, Stockstill said the end is still months away.
"She's pulling it together well and she's just ready to get it behind her and move on," Stockstill said.
Officials from the Acension Episcopal School issued this statement following Hargrave's court appearance today:
" We are grateful for the thoroughness and completeness of the criminal process and hope that the actions taken in court today will ensure justice and healing. Acension Episcopal School continues to pray for those who have been hurt by this crime."
A federal agency will now perform a pre-sentence investigation, which may take up to three months. A sentencing date will follow. Hargrave could get anywhere from ten years to life in prison.