New Jersey officials have arrested a woman whom they believe was attempting
to entice a minor into having sexual relations with her. The case has
received a great deal of attention throughout the state, and many are
following the matter to see how the courts will resolve the claims. She
was recently arrested and extradited to New Jersey for prosecution. The
charges she faces are based on her communications and interaction with
the child and are not accusations of committing physical
sex crimes with a minor.
The woman, 44 years of age, is alleged to have communicated with a male
child beginning in 2013, when he was 11 years old. The two met while playing
video games online. That contact eventually expanded to exchanging messages
and talking over the phone. Investigators claim that the nature of some
of those communications was sexual, and that sexually explicit photographs
were exchanged between the two.
The woman is also accused of traveling across state lines to meet with
the boy and giving him debit cards, clothing and other items of value
during their meetings. It is unclear whether the child's parents were
aware of the interaction between their son and the woman. However, there
is nothing to indicate that the woman engaged in any form of inappropriate
physical contact with the boy.
She now faces very serious charges, including multiple counts of endangering
the welfare of a child and attempting to lure or entice a minor. While
these are not sex crimes in and of themselves, it is expected that the
prosecution will argue that the acts were committed in an attempt to lure
the minor child into sexual acts. As the matter moves toward trial, the
woman is being held in a New Jersey jail on a $225,000 bail.
Source: wzzm13.com, "G.R. woman accused of inappropriate relationship with N.J. boy", May 4, 2015