GRAND ISLAND, Neb. - A 27-year-old Nebraska woman has been sentenced to five years of probation following her conviction for having sex with her 15-year-old stepson.
She pleaded no contest to sexual assault after prosecutors lowered the charge and dropped another, The Grand Island Independent reported. She was sentenced Wednesday in Hall Country District Court. The sentencing included 180 days in jail that will be served only at the discretion of her probation officer, the judge said.
The Associated Press is not naming the Grand Island woman to protect the identity of her stepson.
At the sentencing hearing, Judge William Wright told the woman that "by the slimmest of margins, I find that you are a candidate for probation."
Wright said he'd reviewed the presentencing report and noted that it appears the boy had "initiated the sexual contact, but there was no effort to resist or discourage him."
Court records say the woman told officers that her stepson had sent her nude photos of himself and that she'd sent him nude photos herself to his cellphone in return. Police said the boy was 15 when his stepmother began having sex with him.
Investigators said the boy's father called police to report he had seen his wife having sex with the boy, who is 16 now.
State law prohibits people 19 or older from having sex with anyone under 16 years old.
Under the terms of her probation, she must obtain a psychological evaluation, attend sex offender counseling and group therapy and write a letter of apology to the boy. She also must register as a sex offender.