Former Ascension Episcopal School Counselor’s Appeal Rejected
An appeal for Allison Hargrave, the former counselor at Ascension Episcopal School, has been rejected by a three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals earlier Friday. Hargrave appealed that the punishment was unreasonably harsh.
Hargrave pleaded guilty last year to having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old student. She was then sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Hargrave began counseling the girl in the spring of 2009. According to court testimony, when the next school year rolled around, Hargrave began texting and emailing the teen, graphically explaining her sexual desires with her and making plans to meet her. Later in the school year, she raped the girl in a medical office in Lafayette, and continued to chat and engage in sexual acts with her.
In addition to her 30-year sentence, Hargrave faces 20 years of supervised release and must pay the victim over $279,000 in restitution.