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Lake Forest Mom, 36, Busted For Underage Sex With Boy, 13

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Rachel Hicks is accused of having underage sex with at least three boys. (credit: CBS)

Rachel Hicks is accused of having underage sex with at least three boys. (credit: CBS)

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SANTA ANA (CBS) — A 36-year-old Lake Forest mother of three was arrested Friday for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old boy, according to a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Rachel Ann Hicks was arrested on suspicion of rape and child molestation. She is being held without bail, said Orange County sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino.

Hicks, posing as 23-year-old woman, met the boy — a Maryland resident — online through the XBox Live service in September, Amormino said.

The online chats progressed to phone calls, texts and e-mails that sometimes included Hicks sending the boy sexually explicit images and movies, Amormino said.

Hicks, who went to visit family in Florida around the Thanksgiving holiday, drove up to see the boy Nov. 27, Amormino said.

“She met the victim at his home and while his parents were asleep she had sex with him,” Amormino said.

The boy’s family discovered “romantic” text messages on the teenager’s phone and when confronted about it he told his parents about the relationship, Amormino said.

With help from federal authorities, deputies tracked Hicks down and arrested her at her home Friday afternoon, Amormino said.

Investigators suspect she may have molested at least one other boy, Amormino said.

 (©2010 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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