A Connecticut woman who traveled to Pennsylvania in 2017 to have sex with a 14-year-old boy was sentenced last week to 14 years in prison.
U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said in a statement that Sarah Norton, 41, intended to sexually assault the boy in a hotel room she rented in Allentown, but the boy’s father grew suspicious about messages in his phone and thwarted the plan.
The Morning Call reported that Norton first met the victim on an internet-connected PlayStation console game in August 2017. Norton not only sent sexually-explicit messages to the boy via the game’s chat feature, but she chastised him for ignoring her and not being equally invested in their relationship.
Norton also messaged the victim about meeting in person near his home without his parents noticing. Norton checked into an Allentown, Pennsylvania, hotel in October 2017. The next day, she met the teen at a park near his home, according to The Morning Call.
Norton testified that she realized her actions were wrong after meeting the 14-year-old boy in person and that she did not plan to see him again. However, prosecutors said her cellphone records showed she returned to the park to meet with the boy again. By that point, the boy’s parents were aware of the illicit relationship and did not allow him to go back to the park, the news outlet reported.
In December 2019, Norton was convicted of attempted enticement of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity and traveling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor. She was ordered to serve 20 years of supervised release after completing her prison sentence.
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