Monday, November 3, 2008

NJ - Mom admits sex with son's friend

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By Margaret McHugh/The Star-Ledger

A 53-year-old mother today admitted having sex with her son's 15-year-old friend in her Morris Township home.

Josette Taylor faces up to five years in prison for her guilty plea to sexual assault. She told a judge she carried on a sexual relationship with the teenager between May and December of last year.

Taylor, dressed in a watermelon-colored zip-up sweater and black slacks, quietly answered her attorney's questions, confirming that she had intercourse with the boy more than once. Authorities have said the two had sex numerous times in Taylor's $1.2 million Hawthorne Court home.
- What does the price of her home have to do with it?

Police began investigating in January after one of the boy's parents found a handwritten note among his belongings signed by "Mrs. T" that was "of an intimate nature" and suggested they had had a physical relationship, the arrest affidavit said.

When confronted, the boy admitted he and Taylor had a sexual relationship, saying it had evolved from a platonic one, the affidavit said.

In a taped phone call between one of the boy's parents and Taylor, she admitted writing the note and hugging and kissing him, but denied having sex with him. Taylor had given him the note while he was at her home with her son in December.

The stay-at-home mom initially told investigators she and the boy were very good friends, but eventually she admitted having sex with him.

The boy's family already has filed a lawsuit against Taylor. Her bid to get into a pre-trial intervention program to avoid a criminal record was opposed by the Morris County Prosecutor's Office.

Under her plea deal, she faces up to five years in state prison, but defense attorney Peter Gilbreth intends to argue for a 3-year sentence. She will have to register as a sex offender under Megan's Law and will be under parole supervision for at least 15 years.

Taylor's physician husband filed for divorce on grounds of adultery two days after her arrest. Their divorce was finalized in May, and while they have shared legal custody of their 16-year-old son, he lives with his father, according to their divorce decree. Their 20-year-old daughter is a college student.

Superior Court Judge Thomas V. Manahan will sentence Taylor Jan. 23.

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