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Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Foster mom arrested for sexual abuse
Updated: 02/12/2008 06:08 PM
By: Shannon Peluso
IREDELL COUNTY, North Carolina . — Police arrested a 25-year-old Statesville woman for having sex with a 15-year-old boy.
Investigators with the Iredell County Sheriff’s office say Wendy Mathena is charged with a long list of offenses including: statutory rape, taking indecent liberties with a minor, sexual activity by a substitute parent and one count of statutory sex offense.
Police say the boy told a social services worker that he and Mathena were having sex over the course of the past year. They later arrested her and put her in the Iredell Co. Detention Center on $105,000 bond.
According to police, Mathena was a licensed therapeutic foster care provider. This means, she was qualified to care for children with higher needs, mostly kids who are victims of extreme mental, physical and sexual abuse.
She was caring for two other male foster children at the time of her arrest. Investigators are now trying to figure out if she sexually abused either one of them.