Adult Admits to Sex With 15-Year-Old But Will Not Be Charged | News
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Lashanta Jackson wants to know what it takes to bring charges against a 30-year-woman who is in an alleged sexual relationship with her 15-year-old son.
"I want her to be prosecuted, I want her to go to jail and I want her to be listed as a pedophile," said Jackson.
According to a St. Johns County Sheriff's Office report:
September 6 - Jackson's son was arrested at the woman's house as a robbery suspect; during that arrest the 30-year-old woman was questioned.
The report said the woman (who we are not identifying) had no knowledge of a robbery, but during the interview "admitted to having a relationship with the fifteen-year-old."
"For her to sit and confess about it, I was more angry about the situation." said Jackson.
September 9 - The 30-year-old woman was interviewed again and told investigators the "sexual relationship began sometime from July 2011."
She told the deputy "the boy looked 17 years old, she only knew he was 15 when he was arrested." But during that same interview she admitted she lied and said she knew he "was 15 years old before they first had sexual intercourse."
"He's 15 she's 31, she's my age, she's up under me, that's against the law, she's a pedophile," added Jackson.
September 14 - The case goes to the state attorney to determine if there's probable cause for lewd and lascivious battery charges and the sheriff's office is advised to re-interview the 15-year-old and get sworn testimony regarding the sexual activity.
September 29 - The deputy tries to get sworn testimony from the 15-year-old and he "denied anything sexually happened" and he did not want to talk about anything.
The sheriff's office says since the alleged victim would not participate the case cannot move forward.
"There's no information other than the suspect saying it happened, so it is basically 'he said she said,' once again no physical evidence, no witnesses to corroborate the sexual relations, so there's no way to pursue criminal charges in that case," said Corporal Catherine Payne.
We reached out to the 30-year-old woman in the sheriff's report and left a message; she has yet to respond.
Department of Children and Families Spokesperson John Harrell said they would only get involved if the person was a caregiver or worked as a school teacher.
Jackson said she will take her case to the sheriff if she has to because, in her words, if this was a case involving a 30-year-old man and a 15-year-old girl, it might have been handled differently.