Oregon woman convicted of having sex with teen jailed for violating court order

Booking photo for Jessica Bennett from the Lane County Jail

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A western Oregon woman twice convicted of having sex with a teenage boy was arrested on a parole violation.

Jessica Jane Bennett was arrested Monday after authorities said she had contact with the victim, who is now 18 years old, The Register-Guard reported .

Bennett, 28, has been ordered to serve three months in jail for violating the no-contact order, according to court documents.

Bennett, a registered sex offender, was ordered to stay 2 miles away from the victim following her convictions. She was also barred from living within 5 miles of the victim until 2022.

Bennett pleaded guilty in October 2016 to sexual delinquency of a minor. She was sentenced to 10 days in jail and two years of probation.

Authorities began investigating Bennett the prior summer after the father of her 16-year-old neighbor in Cottage Grove contacted the Lane County Sheriff's Office to report that she was naked in the boy's bed.

She was arrested again in April 2017 after another encounter with the same boy. She pleaded guilty to an identical charge and was sentenced to 30 days in jail and five years of probation.

Before Bennett's latest arrest, the victim sent two handwritten letters to Judge Debra Vogt. The letters, dated Feb. 21 and March 1, demanded a court hearing to end Bennett's probation, so he could legally see her again. He wrote that he wanted to prove that Bennett is not a threat.

In late February, Vogt replied to the first letter, warning that Bennett could go back to jail.

"Ms. Bennett's probation will not be terminated or shortened, nor do I intend to alter her probation conditions," Vogt wrote. "The fact that you are now 18 years of age has no bearing whatsoever on Ms. Bennett's probation. If you try to have contact with her, you are putting her at risk of spending more time in jail. Frankly, your correspondence with me causes me concern in that regard."

The Associated Press is not identifying the boy because it generally does not name sexual assault victims.


Information from: The Register-Guard

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