A woman in Colorado, US has admitted to having sexual relations with a 13-year-old boy, which resulted in her becoming pregnant.
Despite her confession, Andrea Serrano will avoid prison due to a plea deal she reached with prosecutors, according to reports from Daily Mail UK.
The deal stipulates that she will be required to register as a “sex offender”.
Serrano was charged with sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, as well as sexual assault on a child, by the Fountain Police Department.
The victim’s family plans to petition the courts to gain custody of the child, who is now in Serrano’s care.
The victim’s mother expressed her disappointment with the plea deal, stating that if Serrano were a man and the victim was a little girl, the situation would be treated differently.
She believes that because Serrano is a woman, she is being shown compassion.
Serrano was questioned by police after a therapist came forward with allegations.
The criminal affidavit in the case cited by the Colorado Springs Gazette states that the victim looked at Serrano as a mother figure and even called her “mom” according to reports.
Serrano’s plea deal is for lesser charges of incest, which is a class four felony in Colorado.
Despite this, she could still face up to 10 years to life of “sex offender intensive supervised probation” at her hearing in May.
Before the hearing, Serrano is also due in court in March for two misdemeanor charges of violating the terms of a restraining order.
The town of Fountain, where the incident occurred, is located just south of Colorado Springs.
This case has brought up questions regarding the treatment of sexual assault cases involving male victims and female perpetrators. Some argue that these cases are “not taken as seriously” as those involving female victims and male perpetrators.
Sexual assault is a serious crime that can have long-lasting effects on the victim. It is important that all cases are treated fairly and that justice is served, regardless of the gender of the victim or perpetrator.
The victim’s family hopes that Serrano will be held accountable for her actions and that their child will be able to move on from this traumatic experience.
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