A onetime girls soccer coach for Champlin Park High School has avoided being locked up and has an opportunity to have a felony conviction dismissed for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy in his north metro bedroom.
Rebecca L. Noonan, 33, of Minneapolis, was sentenced this week in Anoka County District Court after pleading guilty to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct for having intercourse with the boy in his Ramsey home in August or September 2014 while his mother was away.
Noonan’s sentence includes a “stay of adjudication,” meaning her case will be dismissed if she meets all requirements demanded of her while on supervised probation for up to 10 years.
Those requirements include: no contact with the boy, no use of alcohol or illicit drugs, no possessing of weapons and completing treatment for “dependency needs, emotional needs and personal needs,” according to court records.
When she entered her guilty plea in January, Noonan acknowledged in a court questionnaire that “I was so drunk or so under the influence of drugs or medicine that I did not know what I was doing at the time of the crime.”
Defense attorney Scott Lewis said his client took the plea deal even though “she has always maintained her innocence. ... It’s essentially an acquittal without the risk of a trial.”
Noonan is no longer coaching at Champlin Park and had no other duties at the high school or in the district. She joined the Champlin Park soccer program in 2007 as an assistant coach and became head coach in 2012.
Along with her coaching duties at Champlin Park, Noonan ran a soccer camp during the summer on the high school grounds.
School officials chose not to renew her contract in July 2015, about the time she was charged, a district spokesman said.
Kirk Anderson, Noonan’s attorney at the time she was charged, said she came to know the boy because she was a friend of the family.
In high school, Noonan played for Robbinsdale Cooper. She then played soccer while attending Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, where she studied exercise and sports science.