SALEM, Ore. - A 35-year-old Salem woman was arrested Sunday on rape and sex abuse charges after she had sex with an 11-year-old boy over an eight-month period, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said.
The mother of the now 12-year-old victim called the sheriff's office on Sunday. She was suspicious of her former neighbor and close friend, Sarah Beth Hopkins, and the relationship she had with her son, according to sheriff's office spokesman Don Thomson.
"She questioned her son and learned that he and Hopkins had been sexually active for the past eight months," Thomson said in a news release.
The boy would often go to Hopkins' apartment and go on walks with Hopkins. The two had sex at the apartment and occasionally in public places during the walks, Thomson said.
The mother confronted Hopkins, who admitted she had been having sex with the boy since February. The relationship ended about two weeks ago when Hopkins moved out of the apartment complex.
Hopkins admitted to a sheriff's deputy that she and the victim had been having sex. Hopkins claimed that she never threatened the victim or gave him anything in return for the sex, according to Thomson.
Deputies arrested Hopkins and took her to the Marion County Jail. She faces 15 counts each of sex abuse (1st degree) and rape (2nd degree).
Deputies are investigating whether Hopkins had sex with any other minors. Anyone with information about Hopkins is asked to call the Marion County Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5094.