Former foster mom accused of having a sexual relationship with teenager


An earlier version of this story indicated the 19-year-old was a foster child when the alleged sexual abuse occurred. The story has been corrected.

A Lincoln woman is accused of having a two-year sexual relationship with a teenage boy who had been her foster son, according to court documents.

The alleged abuse began in October 2010, when he was 17, the boy told police in May, according to a search warrant filed Friday in Lancaster County District Court. The boy, now 19, said he moved in with the woman and her husband in October 2008, according to court documents.

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Kathie Osterman said the boy's wardship ended in August 2009 and a court named the woman and her husband his guardians.

The woman, now 29, was arrested in June and told investigators the nature of her relationship with the teenager changed after her husband left her. The woman is not being named in this story to protect the identity of the foster son.

The boy went to police in mid-May of this year. On May 29, working with Lincoln police, he recorded a phone call with the woman in which she said she was in love with him, court documents say.

Police arrested her June 11 on suspicion of felony child abuse.

At that time, she told police the boy made her "feel special" after her husband left. She bonded out of jail June 13, putting down 10 percent of a $40,000 bond.

The boy told police he and the woman went on dates, considered themselves girlfriend and boyfriend and discussed marriage, according to the search warrant return. She got pregnant with his child, but miscarried in February 2011, the document says.

The boy told police he suffers suicidal thoughts as a result of the relationship and was diagnosed with major depressive disorder and chronic post-traumatic stress disorder. Since May 2012, he has attempted suicide four times, the court documents say.

Police searched the woman's home after the boy told police they had intercourse on the beds of the woman's other foster children, the return says.

During the search July 30, police found sex toys, condoms, massagers, handcuffs and a marijuana pipe inside the northwest Lincoln home. They also seized bedding, rugs and couch cushions.

Court documents indicate the woman and her husband had at least two other foster children. According to the search warrant return, two former foster children, now 17 and 21, told police they were aware of the relationship between the woman and the 19-year-old.

Osterman said the state closed the woman's foster home June 20. At the time, Osterman said, the woman had two other foster children in her custody. They were taken from the home and placed in a safe environment, she said.

The child involved in the alleged sexual relationship left the woman's home in April, court documents indicate.

As a condition of her bond, the woman is not allowed near the 19-year-old and was ordered to have no contact with any child younger than 16 not supervised by an adult in the child's family.

She has pleaded not guilty to the charge.