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A former Glenvar High School volleyball coach was ordered to complete 60 hours of community service after supplying beer to three 18-year-olds.
Caitlyn Long Moore, 26, was in Roanoke County General District Court Monday to face a charge of buying alcohol for an unauthorized person, a Class 1 misdemeanor that could carry up to a year in jail time. Moore was charged July 1 after police accused her of supplying beer that was in her Salem home to three minors.
In court, Moore pleaded no contest. Her attorney, Greg Phillips, said she was going through some difficult personal problems at the time of the incident and she just wanted to "be liked" by the three teens in a moment of poor judgment. The defense also pointed out that the teens had only one beer and Moore refused to purchase beer for them even after they asked her to do so.
Moore, who had to wipe away tears several times while speaking to the judge, said she lost her teaching job at Glenvar because of what happened. Her attorney also said Moore would undergo counseling for some of her personal issues.
"This is typically the point in the proceedings where I lecture you, but I won't do that because you have lost so much because of this terrible decision," said Judge Jacqueline Talevi. She went on to say that teachers are elevated in the community, despite their pay, because of the importance of what they do, and she said she wants this to be a lesson for others.
Talevi took the case under advisement and ordered Moore to complete 60 hours of supervised community service in the next 60 days. Talevi said she will review the case again on Oct. 16 in General District Court.
Commonwealth's Attorney Rick Buchanan said the case will be under advisement for up to 12 months, and if Moore has shown good behavior the charge can be dismissed.
Moore was the Highlanders' coach for the 2013 season. The team finished 15-7 under her leadership. Previously she was at Cave Spring High School as an assistant varsity volleyball coach and the junior varsity head coach.