JEFFERSON COUNTY — A 36-year-old woman who admitted to having sex with a 17-year-boy at least seven times was sentenced to serve probation during a court hearing earlier this month.
Jamie Lovell was originally charged with seven felony counts of sexual battery on a child between 16 to 17 years of age.
She entered into a plea agreement with Jefferson County prosecutor, and six of the charges were dropped in exchange for Lovell pleading guilty to the seventh charge. That charge was then reduced to misdemeanor fornication.
According to Idaho Code, fornication is defined as any unmarried person who has sexual intercourse with an unmarried person of the opposite sex.
Lovell was arrested Sep. 28 after Jefferson County sheriff deputies found her with the boy in a car near the Menan Buttes and both admitted to being sexually involved with each other.
Detectives became aware of the activity between Lovell and the teen in late September after trying to locate Lovell, who was reported as a possible suicidal person. Investigators received information that Lovell may be accompanied by a 17-year-boy who was reported missing by his mother.
The teen’s mother told authorities she had discovered that her son and Lovell were in a sexual relationship, according to court records.
Deputies were able to track the boy’s cell phone and locate the couple in Lovell’s car near the Menan Buttes.
Court records indicate the teen admitted he and Lovell were in a relationship and they had engaged in sexual intercourse around 14 times in the last month.
Lovell admitted the sexual activity to investigators and said the pair had intercourse “every night since their first time,” which was about a week prior. Most of the incidents occurred in a camping trailer parked at Lovell’s home.
Court documents state Lovell’s husband gave detectives permission to collect evidence from the trailer.
On Nov. 3, Judge Robert Crowley sentenced Lovell to probation along with 180 days in jail with 164 days suspended. She was given credit for 16 days she had already served. Lovell was also ordered to pay $457.50 in fines and placed on misdemeanor probation for one year.
Lovell will not have to register as a sex offender.
EastIdahoNews.com has reached out to Jefferson County Prosecutor Robin Dunn for an explanation on why the plea agreement was offered. When Dunn responds, we will update this story.
Nate Sunderland, EastIdahoNews.com
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