Kansas Mom Pleads Guilty to Felony Child-Sex Count

COLUMBUS, Kansas (AP) A 23-year-old southeast Kansas woman
pleads guilty to a reduced felony charge of attempted aggravated
indecent liberties with a child.

Ashley Thompson of Columbus was accused of having sex three times with a 14-year-old boy who had been babysitting her children. A plea agreement led to the reduced charge and Thompson's plea in court Tuesday. Sentencing is set for Aug. 19.

The plea requires Thompson to register as a sex offender.

Thompson is bound over for trial in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin, Mo., on a felony charge of second-degree statutory rape in an alleged incident with the same boy.

The victim wasn't in the courtroom Tuesday, but his mother said before the hearing that her son didn't want to testify in front of Thompson again and wanted a plea agreement.

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