Monday, April 26, 2010

Woman sentenced to prison for sex with 14-year-old boy

Tabitha S. Ash, 34-year-old local woman, Tabitha Ash, was arrested in October 2009 for allegedly engaging in sex with a 14-year-old boy after The boy's mother alerted the authorities. After she pleaded guilty to felony unlawful sexual activity with a minor, Judge David Connors sentenced Ash to five years in prison. She was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.

Ash had lived in the Clearfield area for several years and the police were acquainted with her. Then She moved into the neighborhood, befriended the family and took advantage of the child. The boy told a friend about what had happened and the friend then told the boy's mother, who called police. According to a news release, Ash "sent frequent text messages to the boy and had on a few occasions explained sexual positions she would like to experiment with him."

Investigators were concerned Ash may have had relationships with other teenage boys.

Morgan County female teacher sentenced to prison for enticing female student

Jessica Heather Defoor, 36-year-old second-grade teacher at Danville-Neel Elementary School, was arrested in July 2008 for allegedly engaging in inappropriate contact with a female student. In August 2009 she was indicted for alleged sex crimes against a female student, 12 to 16 years old.

Finally in March 2010 Defoor was sentenced to six years for the class C felony of enticing a child for sexual purposes. Defoor was ordered to serve two years in prison, and would be subject to serving the remaining four years of her sentence in prison if she violated the terms of five-years of supervised probation. She was also sentenced to 12 months for the class A misdemeanor of second-degree sexual abuse. The sentences are to run concurrently. In addition, she will be required to register as a convicted sex offender after her release from prison.

Prosecutor Andrew Arrington called it a fair sentence based on her criminal history.

Defoor admitted to taking a 14-year-old girl to concerts and providing her with alcohol. Defoor admitted that the child was present in her home on an evening in February of 2006, that she served the child alcohol, and that she had sexual intercourse with a man while the child was in the house. The child testified that Defoor subjected her to sexual contact, and invited her into the bedroom.

Prosecutors argued that DeFoor and another man, Zackary Mullins, had a sexual relationships with a pair of teenagers. Mullins was arrested in California in October of last year and charged with sodomy, rape, and sexual abuse.

Teacher Accused of Having Sex With Student; Angers

Virginia Ann Homberg, 45-year-old teacher at Garden City High School, has been accused of engaging in sex with a male student and sending him sexually explicit pictures.

Homberg has been charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct first degree, both punishable by up to life in prison, two counts of criminal sexual conduct third degree, punishable by up to 15 years in prison, and one count of disseminating sexually explicit material to a minor, punishable by up to two years in prison.

According to Wayne County Prosecutor Homberg and her victim engaged in sex from December 2007, when the student was 14 years old, through February 2010. Victim was 14 years old and in the 8th grade when prosecutors say the first offense occured inside the boy's home. It is alleged subsequent offenses took place at Garden City High School.

During the hearing the student testified that he was 14 years of age when the conduct began and 16 years of age at the time of the last contact. In the first instance, he said that his teacher came to his home and asked to use the bathroom when no one was home. She ended up in his bedroom where she took off all of her clothes and his underwear, the teen testified.

“It was strange, it was weird,” he said.

Homberg's $50,000 dollar bond was revoked after prosecutors presented evidence of contact by text message with another student at Garden City High School.
A condition of bond required Homberg to have no contact with minors except for her own children.

The only other witness called by the prosecutor was Angela Reed, a former student of Homberg, who graduated in 2004. She testified that she developed a friendship with Homberg and visited her at school to keep in touch. She said that she became increasingly “disgusted” when Homberg told her that she had developed “feelings” for a student and had sexual relations with the male student whom Reed didn't know.

“I had looked up to her,” Reed said. “She was my best friend.”

Reed testified that Homberg told her that she had sexual intercourse with the male student in the basement of his home.

According to school officials who did not testify, Homberg resigned from her teaching position on March 8. The district became aware of the situation on March 8 at which time Homberg was put on administrative leave.

Woman accused of sex crimes with boys

Ellen Schmaling, 36-year-old woman who lives in the 400 block of Avalon Road, has been arrested for allegedly engaging in sex with at least three underage boys she met while hanging around the skate park. Schmaling has been charged with three counts each of sex with a minor between 12 and 15 and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Schmaling would bring her own children to Payne Park in downtown Sarasota, and investigators say she eventually enticed teenage boys into having sex with her. Authorities were alerted by a parent who was concerned about inappropriate text messages her son was receiving. Authorities went to the Sarasota skate park and spoke to employees there, who said a group of teenage boys was sexually involved with Schmaling, who also goes by the name "Lani". The employee provided the police officer with a list of names of those boys.

Three of the boys told authorities they had sex with Schmaling. They also said Schmaling had given them prescription drugs prior to having sex with them, as well as giving them money and gifts. Schmaling admitted to providing Zany Bars and Roxies, which she claimed to have found in her vehicle. According to police, Schmaling would use prescription drugs and gifts to get the boys to have sex with her, even going to one of their homes.
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