SANTA ANA (CBS) — The trial for a 45-year-old Laguna Niguel woman accused of sexually assaulting at least two members of her son’s youth hockey team began Tuesday.
Kathia Maria Davis was arrested at her home in September 2011 on suspicion of unlawful sex with a minor and lewd acts with a child, according to Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jim Amormino.
“The defendant engaged in sex acts with two separate boys who were friends of her son from hockey. That’s why we’re here,” Jennifer Walker deputy district attorney said in the courtroom Tuesday.
Davis was initially suspected of having an illicit relationship with a 16-year-old member of the Beach City Lightning between July 2010 and July 2011, Amormino said.
“The acts occurred in her home in Laguna Niguel. She would throw parties; sometimes provide alcohol to the minors. In one of the cases, the act occurred on a sleepover,” he said.
Officials said the victim notified his mother about the alleged relationship and she contacted the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
Investigators say they then discovered a second 13-year-old victim, who Davis allegedly abused between April 2005 and April 2006.
But Davis says she thought the older boy was 18 or 19 years old at the time.
“Dennis is the older boy who at the time, was obviously either 16 or 17 years old. We’re conceding that those sexual relations did take place, but it’s what my clients understanding was at the time. It was consensual. She was pursued by Dennis over a long period of time. And at some point in time, my client gave into that, for whatever reason, she’ll have to explain that when she’s on the stand,” David Cohn, defense attorney for Davis told CBS2/KCAL9 reporter Michele Gile.
Cohn contends that the sex with the 13-year-old did not happen.
If convicted, Davis will be required to register as a lifetime sex offender and could face nearly two decades in prison.