RUSSELLVILLE — A woman remains in jail after police said she sent sexually-explicit photos and text messages to a underage boy.
Natasha Jean Bridges, 29, 100 Westside Plaza Apartments, Russellville, is charged with electronic solicitation of a child and second-degree rape, Russellville Police Chief Chris Hargett said Monday.
He said the teen is a 15-year-old boy.
Investigators said the woman is accused of using a cellphone to text the boy explicit sexual messages as well as partially nude photos of herself. Reports indicate she was soliciting him to have sex with her and they had met and entered into a sexual relationship.
Authorities said the woman was friends with the boy’s family.
Russellville police detective Lt. Scotty Lowery said apparently this relationship had been going on for several weeks before it was discovered.
According to reports, a member of the boy’s family found the messages and the photos on his cellphone.
“The texts and the photos were discovered last week and our office was contacted about this and we initiated an investigation,” Lowery said.
Police said Bridges’ cellphone and the teen’s cellphone have been confiscated and will be reviewed by forensic scientists.
Hargett said this is the first incident of this kind to be reported to his department.
Alabama’s law governing electronic solicitation went into effect in May 2009. According to reports, 46 states now specifically prohibit electronic solicitation or use of a computer for the purpose of luring children for sexual activities.
Second-degree rape is a Class B felony, which is punishable by 2-20 years in prison if convicted. Electronic solicitation of a child is a Class C felony with carries a penalty of 1-10 years in prison if convicted.
Bridges was in Russellville City Jail on Monday without bail.
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