MONTGOMERY — Parole was denied Wednesday for a Florence woman sentenced to three years in prison after she admitted having sex with a 14-year-old boy.
Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly said the Alabama Board of Pardons and Parole denied the request from Dana Myhan Allen.
Connolly said Allen’s husband, sister and mother spoke on her behalf. He said his office joined the victim’s family in opposing the early release.
“Plus, we had several letters that had been sent to us from members of the Wilson community that were opposing (Allen’s) parole,” Connolly said. “We were able to submit those (letters) along with the testimony of the victim’s mother and our own objections.”
Allen, 38, of Florence, was sentenced in July by Lauderdale County Circuit Judge Mike Jones.
Connolly said he was pleased with the outcome of the hearing.
“For what she did, she needs to serve her time,” Connolly said.
Allen admitted June 22 that she had a sexual relationship with the boy. She pleaded guilty to second-degree rape. The plea called for a 36-month sentence and requires her to register as a sex offender.
She was arrested in January 2011.
Wilson school officials notified the Department of Humans Resources after allegations surfaced that Allen may have had inappropriate relationships with male students. The boy was a student at Wilson. Allen was not an employee at the school.
In April 2012, a Lauderdale grand jury indicted Allen on one count of second-degree rape.
In Alabama, it is illegal for an adult to have a sex with child younger than 16.
Connolly said Wednesday that although Allen was sentenced to three years, her sentence will be completed in December.
“She gets credit for good behavior while in prison, and that will allow her to be released in December,” he said. “She will have served about 18 months of the three years.”
He said that before Allen is released, “there will be a notification process,” Connolly said. “That means the community will be notified that she is being released from prison and that she is a registered sex offender.”
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