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Former Redding school board chair to be sentenced

January 7, 2019

DANBURY — Former Redding school board chairwoman Sara Sobel is expected to be sentenced Monday in Danbury Superior Court.

Sobel pleaded guilty in August to allegations she repeatedly left a young child with a convicted sex offender and took pornographic photographs and videos of the child that she provided to the man.

She faces a 30-year prison term suspended after 10 years and will have the right to argue for a reduced sentence.

Sobel pleaded guilty to risk of injury to a minor and guilty under the Alford Doctrine to promoting a minor in an obscene performance. A plea under the doctrine means the defendant questions some of the facts of the case but admits there is enough evidence for a conviction.

Convicted sex offender Stephen Overby, the man who abused the child, pleaded guilty in February to charges — including first-degree sexual assault of a minor under the age of 13 — and has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Sobel resigned from the Region 9 Board of Education and from the town Democratic committee in September 2017.

This story will be updated.

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