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Former Redding Board of Ed chair sentenced

A former Redding Board of Ed chairwoman has been sentenced for promoting a minor in an obscene performance.  Sara Sobel was ordered to 8 years in prison.  The 48 year old pleaded guilty in August to allegations 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."  He accepted a plea deal that calls for a 30-year prison sentence, suspended after 18 years.  The judge issued a protective order banning Sobel from contact with the victim until the child turns 18 in 2022.  The Newstimes reports that the victim can then decide as an adult whether to contact Sobel as part of a therapeutic healing process.  Sobel resigned from the Region 9 Board of Education and from the town Democratic committee in September 2017.

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