Mom, 35, who admitted to having sex with underage boys after being caught by her husband gets 90 days in prison
A 35-year-old woman has admitted to having had illicit sexual relations with a 17-year-old boy in 2016.
- Amanda Katherine Steele was sentenced to 90 days in jail.
- Steele pleaded guilty to two felony counts of injury to a child.
- Since the age of consent in Idaho is 18, sexual intercourse between Steele and a 17-year-old is statutory rape.
- She will not be registered as a sex offender because she was not charged with a sex crime.
Amanda Katherine Steele will go to jail for only three months.
East Idaho News reported that a 35-year-old woman pleaded guilty to two felony counts of injury of a child after numerous underage boys claimed that they had had sexual relations with her in 2016. Amanda Katherine Steele was initially charged with three felony counts of child sexual battery committed by lewd conduct but one of the counts was dropped and the other two were amended. Thus, Steele has been sentenced to 90 days in jail and will be required to spend 7 years on probation. In addition to this, she has been ordered to complete 300 hours of community service and pay a $4,671 fine. KUTV-2 claimed that if the woman fails to comply with these rules, “she will be required to serve a three- to 10-year prison sentence”.
Steele admitted to having had illegal sexual contact with a 17-year-old teenager.
According to PEOPLE, authorities allege that the 17-year-old boy “would skip school as well as Latter-Day Saint seminary in order to have sex with the woman.” Moreover, the woman admitted to having at least one sexual encounter at the boy’s house and another at her own home. In addition to the 17-year-old boy, at least one more teenager has come forward and admitted to having had sex with Steele. This teenager has not been named as a victim in the plea agreement.
Steele’s father-in-law alerted authorities in 2017.
An investigation began in 2017 when Steele’s then-father-in-law contacted deputies after he heard rumors that underage boys were hanging out at Steele’s home. East Idaho News reported that the “investigation stalled in the spring of 2018 with the reported victims, Steele and others not giving specific answers during interviews.” Following a divorce last year, the woman’s ex-husband spoke up and claimed that his ex-wife had confessed to having sexual relations with an underage boy and alleged that he had seen them “snuggling in a hot tub.”
Although the victim allegedly considered the sexual conduct consensual, the age of consent in Idaho is 18. Furthermore, a 16 or 17-year-old minor cannot consent to sex with an adult who is 5 or more years older than them. This means that Steele had committed statutory rape and that her sexual relationships were illegal. East Idaho News further reported that because Steele was not charged with a sex crime, she will not be registered as a sex offender.