Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton announced Wednesday, Jan. 3 that the former para professional teacher aid with the Monroe City School District, has pleaded guilty to the felony of attempted enticement of a child.

Jeremy McClusky, 39, of Monroe City, appeared before Judge Rachel Bringer Shepherd in the Marion County Courthouse in Palmyra. Casey Welch represented the defense. Clayton represented the state. McClusky requested to withdraw his previous plea of not guilty and plead guilty to the unclassified felony of attempted enticement of a child.

McClusky will serve a 15-year sentence in the Department of Corrections and be required to complete the Missouri Sex Offender Treatment Program. He will also be subject to lifetime sex offender registration.

McClusky is accused of soliciting a child under the age of 15 to engage in sexual contact. The allegations stem from text messages between a teacher and his student. A forensic extraction of the phone was performed detailing the contact. The defendant was facing up to 30 years if he received the maximum sentence at trial.

“This is a very serious matter despite no physical contact resulting. My office thoroughly reviewed the available evidence before filing this charge. The defendant used his position of influence and authority to attempt to solicit sexual contact from this child,” Clayton said.

“The family has been apprised of all the updates in the case. They are in agreement with this sentence. It will spare the young victim of having to relive the experience,” Clayton said. “Now the victim and her family can move forward, especially knowing that the defendant will never again be in a position to use his authority to access children.”

McClusky posted a $50,000 surety bond on Saturday, Nov. 11. He will be transported to a Department of Corrections facility to begin the sentence term.