Kayla D. Stewart, 23-year-old woman from Sparta, Missouri, avoided spending time in prison after a circuit judge suspended the prison sentence.
Stewart, who was accused of having sexual relations with a 15-year-old boy on multiple occasions, pleaded guilty in August to nine counts of statutory rape and five counts of statutory sodomy at an Aug. 2 hearing in Christian County. Circuit Judge Mark Orr sentenced Stewart to seven years in prison for each of her 14 felony convictions. The sentences would have run concurrently. However, Orr granted Stewart a suspended imposition of sentence.
Instead of spending time in prison, Stewart will serve five years of supervised probation and will have to register as a Missouri sex offender. She is not to have any contact with the victim or his family, nor is she allowed to have any contact with children under the age of 18 other than her own.
The male victim told police that he and Kayla Stewart had sexual relations several times between Aug. 12 and Oct. 6 2012. According to probable cause statement, the boy told interviewers of sexual encounters between him and Stewart inside his home, in the driveway of his home in a pickup bed, at Stewart’s home and in Stewart’s car. Police collected some physical evidence that backed up the boy’s story, including a used condom wrapped in a job application with some information about Stewart written on it..
Sparta is a small city in Christian County, Missouri with population only 1,756 at the 2010 census.