Mary Fletcher Accused Of Raping High School Football Players
A 42-year-old woman has been accused of raping three high school football players in California.
Mary Fletcher, also known as Debbie, allegedly had sex with the teammates from Mount Shasta High School, who she met while working for the team's photographer.
A police investigation reportedly revealed she had sex with the underage teens in various parts of Siskiyou County.
She was arrested on Tuesday and has since been charged with four counts of unlawful sexual intercourse (more commonly known as statutory rape) and dissuading a witness or victim of a crime.
Two counts of statutory rape relate to two separate victims, while the other two counts relate to a third boy.
Sheriff Jon Lopey said there may have been some witness or victim intimidation, and believes there is enough evidence from phone calls and text messages to prove it.
Prosecutor Kirk Andrus said police took their time with the investigation — a complaint was first received in September 2016 — as Fletcher was not considered a danger to the public, News 10 reported.
I have spoken with some of the victims and these cases are always challenging. Especially for a young person that are by definition not prepared for this kind of relationship. Relationship is probably the wrong word but they're not prepared for this kind of interaction with an adult.
The sheriff's office said Fletcher's relationship with the teenagers lasted over several weeks prior to September last year.
No school officials were involved in the alleged wrongdoing, and they immediately alerted law enforcement when they became aware of the allegations, the sheriff's office added.
Fletcher, from McCloud, was booked into Siskiyou County Jail, where she was being held in lieu of $10,000 bail, Sheriff Lopey said.
She was later bailed and is due in court on March 22. In the meantime, the police investigation continues.