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Mom 'had sex with son'

2010-01-28 10:02

Omaha - A 41-year-old US woman is accused of having sex nightly with her teenage son when he was in seventh and eighth grades, officials said on Wednesday.

Omaha Police said the now 15-year-old boy reported the alleged abuse last week to a counsellor, who notified authorities. The boy told police his mother was addicted to prescription drugs when the alleged abuse took place in 2008 and 2009 while he lived with her in Omaha.

The woman, who lives in the state of Nebraska, was arrested on Monday, according to Officer Michael Pecha. She made an initial appearance on Wednesday in court and her bond was set at $30 000.

The Associated Press is not identifying the woman to protect her son's identity as a possible victim of sexual assault.

The teen has a younger brother, but authorities do not suspect the younger boy suffered any abuse, Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said.

The boy's father told Omaha television station WOWT this week that he had previously had a feeling something was wrong, but didn't learn about the alleged abuse until a few weeks ago. He said his son is receiving counselling.

The woman will be represented by a public defender's office, but an attorney wasn't to be assigned to her case until Thursday. A preliminary hearing to discuss details of the charge against her was scheduled for February 8.

Court records show the woman pleaded no contest to a misdemeanour after being charged in January 2009 with intentionally violating narcotics laws. The Washington County Sheriff's office said the woman had been trying to fill 15 different prescriptions from seven different doctors for 468 pills of the sleep aid Ambien or its generic equivalent.

The woman was sentenced to one year probation and ordered to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings as part of a deal with prosecutors.