Oregon mom, 36, had sex with 14-year-old boy who went to same school as her daughter after connecting with him on Snapchat
Rheta Leanne Melvin, 36, admitted to sending the victim sexually explicit photos and videos, and also to "sexting other young kids."
RIDDLE, OREGON: An Oregon mom has been arrested and charged after allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old boy who went to the same school as her daughter after she connected with him on Snapchat.
Rheta Leanne Melvin, 36, of Riddle, first came under investigation from the authorities after they received reports of inappropriate sexual conduct between her and the victim on December 3, according to KTVL.
Court records show the victim and his mother told investigators that it started after Melvin added him on social media platform Snapchat and began messaging him. He said they exchanged sexually explicit images on the app, following which she lured him into her car, drove a short distance, and then had sex with him in the back seat.
The 14-year-old said she continued to contact him after that incident and asked to meet up with him, but that he felt uncomfortable and made excuses to avoid her. He showed them some of the sexually explicit messages she had sent them but claimed he had already deleted the inappropriate photos.
In one of those messages, he had told her he was not getting back together with an ex-girlfriend, to which the 36-year-old replied that "he is saving himself for her [Melvin]." Detectives then collected DNA from a shirt he said he was wearing on the day he had sex with Melvin.
On December 5, a search warrant was executed at Melvin's residence, and after waving her Miranda rights, she reportedly admitted to "sexting" the victim but insisted she thought he was "either 17 or 18."
She also admitted to sending photos and videos with sexually explicit content but claimed the teen had requested them, and that he had also sent her sexually explicit content. She denied having sexual intercourse with him but did confess to "sexting other young kids."
Melvin has been charged with luring a minor, online sexual corruption of a child in the first degree, sexual abuse in the second degree, sodomy in the third degree, rape in the third degree, and contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor.