Rehab Counselor Accused of Lewd Acts, Rape

A Yukon woman has been arrested on complaints of rape and lewd acts with a minor after she allegedly began a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy receiving treatment at the Fort Reno Adolescent Drug and Rehabilitation Center. The Canadian County Sheriff's Office says that Amy Maschell Thompson, 32, began a relationship with the boy while she was working as a youth guidance specialist for the rehab center. She allegedly initiated the relationship with the boy shortly after she became employed by the facility in February 2014. Although she quit her job in July after only five months' employment at the center, she is alleged to have continued to have sexual contact with the boy until his mother became aware of the inappropriate relationship earlier this week. The teen's mother found Facebook messages between her son and his former counselor after he forgot to log out of his Facebook account on her phone. She  notified law enforcement that the woman had molested her son while he was receiving treatment at the rehabilitation facility. Investigators say that Thompson admitted to touching the boy on his buttocks and genitals while at the facility and on field trips. They say she also admitted to contacting the boy via Facebook this week to encourage him to sneak out of the house for a sexual liaison at an Oklahoma City hotel. She allegedly told investigators that she provided the boy with alcohol, and when he was drunk, the two had sex. She was arrested and booked into the Canadian County Jail on complaints of six counts of lewd acts with a child under 16 and one count of first degree rape. She is held on $350,000  bond. In Oklahoma, no one under the age of 16 may legally consent to sexual activity with an adult. In general, sex with a willing minor aged 14 or older is prosecuted as second degree rape. However, police may be using the boy's intoxication as grounds to bump up the charge to first degree rape. There are several factors which cause sexual intercourse to be classified as first degree rape. Among them are the perpetrator's provision of an "anesthetizing agent" to accomplish the act and the perpetrator's knowledge that the victim is not fully of what is taking place:

A. Rape in the first degree shall include: . . .

3. rape accomplished where the victim is intoxicated by a narcotic or anesthetic agent, administered by or with the privity of the accused as a means of forcing the victim to submit; or

4. rape accomplished where the victim is at the time unconscious of the nature of the act and this fact is known to the accused; . . . (21 O.S. §1114)

Currently available court records do not indicate that Thompson has been formally charged. If she is ultimately convicted of the crimes for which she is currently held, she faces 5 years to life in prison on the rape complaint and 3 to 20 years in prison for each lewd acts complaint.

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