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Kansas woman accused of sex with foster child

A 44-year-old Kansas woman is facing sex offense charges after she allegedly had consensual sex with a 17-year-old foster child. The woman has been charged with four counts of unlawful sexual relations in connection with the incidents, which reportedly occurred during August and September 2012. The teenager was a foster child in her care at the time of the interactions.

The woman was licensed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to take in foster children. She could face up to 136 months' prison time for each of the four counts, along with a potential $1.2 million in total fines.

Attorneys in the case say this is a one-of-a-kind criminal action under a new subsection of the law. The recent addition to state law prohibits sexual relationships between foster parents and foster children, even if the teenagers have legally reached the age of consent. The foster-care provision is an expansion of other state mandates that protect children from advances from trusted adults in corrections, law enforcement, education and other authoritative positions. Ultimately, the law protects teens from the people that are expected to safeguard their interests.

The woman has waived her right to an initial hearing. Evidence permitted at that hearing could have determined whether the case was suitable to continue on to trial.

Official reports show the woman has been a registered nurse with the state since the early 1990s. In addition, she passed a rigorous screening process to determine she would be qualified to care for foster children. In addition to the legal consequences, the woman's nursing license could be revoked.

If you are facing a sex crimes allegation, consider seeking assistance from a qualified criminal defense attorney. The woman in this case made the decision to waive the initial hearing, likely on advice from her lawyer. This decision may have a significant bearing on the outcome of the case. Before you make these big decisions, be sure to enlist the help of an experienced defense attorney who can help you protect your rights.

Source:, "Kansan charged with having sex with foster teen in her care" Tim Potter, Jun. 08, 2013

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