A Florida woman who adopted a teen when she was working as a social worker will now spend six years behind bars for engaging in a sexual relationship with her adopted son.
According to the New York Post, 26-year-old Lauren Michelle Myres was sentenced during a court hearing this week after pleading no contest to one count of unlawful sexual activity with certain minors.
Following release from jail, Myres will be required to stay away from the victim and minors as well as register as a sex offender for the rest of her life.
Investigators found that she met the victim, who is currently 17, when he was assigned to her in her role at the nonprofit Families First Network in Pensacola.
First Judicial Circuit State Attorney William Eddins released a statement indicating that Myres “eventually decided to foster the victim and ultimately adopted him.”
At some point after the adoption, he said the inappropriate relationship was reported to authorities.
Tish Pennewill, a spokeswoman for Families First Network, confirmed that Myres worked for the organization for longer than two years with no “red flags” apparent during her time as a caseworker.
During an investigation, both Myres and the victim reportedly recalled multiple sexual acts over a two-month period. The victim reportedly argued against charging his adoptive mother, telling police that he was nearly 18 and was not being forced to engage in sex with her.
In addition to being fired from her position, her arrest reportedly came just nine days after her divorce.
Okaloosa County Chief Assistant State Attorney said that he could not recall “a case like this where an adoption occurred and sex occurred shortly thereafter.”
[Featured image: Lauren Michelle Myres, Okaloosa County Jail]