A former social employee in Florida was sentenced to 6 years in jail on Wednesday for having intercourse with a teen she had adopted, authorities mentioned.
Lauren Michelle Myres — a 26-year-old girl beforehand employed as a caseworker at Households First Community — was charged again in Could following a tip to authorities indicating she was having an inappropriate relationship with the 17-year-old sufferer, First Judicial Circuit State Legal professional William Eddins introduced Thursday.
The sufferer had been assigned to Myres as one of many youngsters she was tasked to help on the nonprofit youngster protecting companies company primarily based on Pensacola.
“She finally determined to foster the sufferer and in the end adopted him,” Eddins wrote in a information launch. “After the adoption was finalized, it was found that Myres had been having intercourse with the sufferer.”
Myres and the teenager advised investigators that they’d intercourse a number of occasions all through a span of two months, Eddins mentioned.
Myres pleaded no contest final week to 1 depend of illegal sexual exercise with sure minors. She may also should register as a intercourse offender for the remainder of her life and can’t have contact with the sufferer or different minors upon her launch, Eddins mentioned.
The boy advised police after Myres’ arrest that he didn’t assume intercourse together with her was improper as a result of he “was not being raped and was about to be 18,” the Northwest Florida Each day Information reported.
“I can’t say I’ve ever seen a case like this the place an adoption occurred and intercourse occurred shortly thereafter,” Okaloosa County Chief Assistant State Legal professional Invoice Bishop advised the newspaper on Thursday. “There have been instances of older ladies having intercourse with younger boys throughout the nation, however that is the primary I’ve ever seen.”
Myres labored for the Households First Community for greater than two years, a spokeswoman advised the newspaper. No “purple flags” have been noticed previous to her hiring, spokeswoman Tish Pennewill mentioned.
Myres, who was fired following her arrest, had been divorced for simply 9 days when she was arrested, in keeping with the Northwest Florida Each day Information.