Branson special education teaching assistant sent to prison
BRANSON (AP) — A former Branson teaching assistant who primarily worked with young students, many with special needs, has been sentenced to seven years in prison for felony child molestation.
Prosecutors say 59-year-old Larry Jay Pemberton, of Ozark, agreed to a plea deal this week that sentenced him to the Sex Offender Assessment Unit. He will have to register as a sex offender.
The Springfield News-Leader reports Pemberton was charged for incidents involving two 8-year-old Branson students. As part of the plea, a first-degree statutory sodomy charge was dropped.
Court records show the crimes occurred at Cedar Ridge Elementary in Branson in 2013-14, where Pemberton worked with special needs students.
State records show Pemberton worked at several Branson schools over a 10-year period.