The Quad-City Times reports that Virginia Jean Peterson, 41, of Davenport, Iowa, has been arrested and charged with sex abuse after allegedly engaging in sex acts with a 14-year-old boy.
Her charges include third-degree sexual abuse, enticing a minor under 16 and dissemination of obscene material to a minor via telephone. The sexual abuse charge is a Class C felony in Iowa and means she could face a sentence of up to 10 years. Enticing a minor is a Class D felony and carries a maximum sentence of up to five years on prison. Dissemination of obscene material to a minor is classified as an aggravated misdemeanor, and could mean up to two years in jail for Peterson.
According to arrest records, Peterson engaged in sexual activity with the boy on December 13, 2017. She is accused of enticing the boy on December 12 and 13 by sending him multiple obscene text messages and at least one nude photo of herself during that period.
She has been placed in the Scott County Jail and was booked at 4:21 p.m. Tuesday. After posting $10,000 bond, she was released from jail on Wednesday.
Peterson has waived her right to a preliminary hearing and is scheduled to appear for an arraignment at 11 a.m. on January 11, 2019 in the Scott County District Court.
Should Peterson be convicted of the charges filed against her, she will be required to register as a sex offender.
In Iowa, the age of consent is 16 years old. This means that any person age 15 or under, like the victim here, is not legally able to consent to sexual activity. However, an exemption exists in Iowa that allows for consensual sex for 14- and 15-year-olds who engage in activity with someone less than four years older.