A Springfield day-care worker and teacher has pleaded not guilty to charges of rape and sodomy of a now 11-year-old boy who said the woman --his baby sitter --repeatedly assaulted him over a two-year period.
Laura Kirkland, 25, was being held in the Greene County Jail Thursday evening in lieu of $75,000 bond after being arrested Wednesday night. She is charged with two counts of statutory sodomy with a person less than 14 years old and one count of statutory rape with a person less than 14 years old.
Court records indicate that Kirkland is accused of having sexual intercourse and oral sex with the boy repeatedly for two years when the boy was 8 to 10 years old.
The incidents of abuse allegedly occurred between July 12, 2006, and July 12 this year. Court records say these incidents happened at Kirkland's house on West Lee Street while she baby-sat the victim.
The probable cause statement says Kirkland admitted to a Springfield police officer that she performed oral sex on the minor three times and had sexual intercourse twice when the victim was 10 years old.
Kirkland was employed by Nurturing Place in Springfield and as a fifth-grade teacher for Christian Schools of Springfield.