Plymouth-Canton teacher’s aide pleads in sex case
A 41-year-old Plymouth-Canton Community Schools middle school teacher’s aide pleaded guilty Monday to remaining criminal charges in connection with allegations she engaged in oral sex with teenaged male students, some of whom are believed to be her daughters’ 15-year-old friends.
In an unexpected turn of events in the case, Bridget Caplin pleaded to the criminal charges Monday at her arraignment on information hearing, which are typically brief court proceedings that set the defendant over for trial in circuit court.
Earlier this month, a third-degree criminal sexual charge was dismissed against Caplin after her alleged victim refused to testify.
The 16-year-old student’s identity was made public during Caplin’s arraignment in October. As a result, the teen has refused to cooperate or testify in court.
Caplin, a teacher’s aide at East Middle School, was charged last month with criminal sexual conduct third degree involving a person 13-15 years old, distributing obscene matter to children and using a computer to commit a crime.
Caplin pleaded guilty as-charged to disseminating sexually explicit visual matter to a minor and use of computer to commit a crime.
The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said Wayne County Judge Gregory Bill allowed Caplin to give a no-contest plea after she voiced concerns for future civil liability. Caplin’s punishment could include probation, along with standard sentencing terms and conditions at her sentencing Jan. 17.
Caplin is also accused of supplying the teens with alcohol, police said. She was arrested after Plymouth police received an anonymous tip in May from an online California-based company called We Tip about a middle school teacher or teacher’s aide having sex with teenaged boys.
She was put on administrative leave soon after the problem into her behavior, Plymouth Police Chief Al Cox said.
Caplin was arrested Oct. 12 in Monroe County where she had been living after leaving her Plymouth residence.