A former Region 9 Board of Ed chairwoman has entered a guilty plea to promoting a minor in an obscene performance. The plea from Sara Sobel was made under the Alford Doctrine, meaning she admitted there's enough evidence for a conviction but questioning some facts in the case.
The Newstimes reports that allegations against Sobel include that she repeatedly left a young child with a convicted sex offender and took pornographic photographs and videos of the child that she sent to the man. She previously described that man, Stephen Overby, as “a close personal friend." Sobel will be sentenced on October 24th in Danbury Superior Court and faces 30 years in prison, suspended after 10 years, but could argue for a reduced sentence.
Overby pleaded guilty in February to sexual assault of a minor. His plea deal calls for a 30-year prison sentence, suspended after 18 years.