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Woman found guilty of sexual assault on teenage boy

Published June 06. 2012 05:01PM

A Carbon County woman was found guilty on Tuesday of statutory sexual assault involving a then 14-year-old male.

A jury panel deliberated for about 45 minutes before finding Elizabeth Gail Vanhorn, 23, of Parryville, guilty of the count plus unlawful contact with a minor. The panel found her not guilty of a charge of indecent assault on a person less than 16 years of age.

She was arrested by Jim Thorpe police for having sexual relations with the boy over a 14 month period when she was 19 and he was 14.

The county office of Children and Youth notified borough police of the relationship. Police started its investigation in August 2010.

The victim, now 17, testified of the relationship which resulted in Vanhorn becoming pregnant and giving birth to a girl.

Det. Lee Marzen, who prosecuted the case, interviewed the girl in August 2010. She admitted to the relationship and admitted she knew the victim was 14 years of age. Testimony by the Commonweatlh, represented by Assistant District Attorney James M. Lavelle, indicated at the time of the relationship the girl was five years and 81 days older than the victim.

In the interview with Marzen, Vanhorn said she and the boy had sexual relations about 500 times over the 14 month period.

Defense Attorney Joseph Seblin called Vanhorn's father and two character witnesses.

Vanhorn did not testify at the trial.

President Judge Roger N. Nanovic, who presided, deferred sentencing to a later date and ordered a presentence investigation (PSI) be prepared by the adult probation office.. Vanhorn is free on bail.

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