This 35-year-old “white” whale has been charged with 20 counts of rape and sodomy after she had an eight-month sexual relationship with an 11-year-old boy, it emerged today.
Sarah Beth Hopkins, from Salem, was arrested on Sunday after the parents of her victim reported her to authorities.
The boy, now 12, confessed to his mother he had been sexually active with Hopkins for the last eight months.
When Hopkins was confronted she admitted the sexual abuse.
The family lived at the same apartment complex as Hopkins – who was seen as a trusted family friend – until about two weeks ago, according to reports.
The mother became suspicious of their close friendship and the amount of time they spent together.
The rape is thought to have taken place at her apartment and while they were out on long walks together.
Investigators believe there may be more victims.
‘We’re kind of asking anyone with a male child who may have had contact with Mrs Hopkins, befriended by her, lived near her or whatever, we’d like them to sit down with their son and talk. Make sure everything’s okay.’
When questioned by the deputy, Hopkins is believed to have admitted she and the victim had been sexually active but said she hadn’t threatened the victim or given him anything in return for sex.
Hopkins’ Facebook page includes many suggestive photos of herself, and some along with young boys, along with links to a few different teen websites.
Marion County Circuit Judge Donald Abar read her charges in court yesterday: Three counts of rape in the first degree, seven counts of rape in the second degree, two counts of sodomy in the first degree and eight counts of sodomy in the second degree.
Her bail was set at $1million.