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Woman says she has no memory of alleged rapes of teenge boys

(MCT) — The Yarmouth, Ill., woman accused of having sex with two Mediapolis boys reportedly told detectives she did not remember what happened during the alleged encounters because she had taken drugs and alcohol.

Kourtney Joy Babcock, 19, formally was charged Wednesday with three counts of third-degree sexual abuse. Each carries a potential penalty of 10 years in prison upon conviction along with other special sentencing guidelines such as lifetime supervision and sex offender registry requirements.

According to a July 16 interview with Des Moines County Sheriff’s detectives, Babcock said she was under the influence of Oxycodone and Oxycontin and alcohol during the visits with the boys earlier that same month.

She could not say “if they did or did not happen,” but recalled she kissed and made out with the 13-year-old, authorities said.

The investigation involving inappropriate sexual contact the woman allegedly had with the boys started when the mother of the 12-year-old reported her suspicions to authorities.

On July 6, the mother came to the sheriff’s office with her 12-year-old son, who said that four days earlier, he along with his 13-year-old brother and some friends were at his Mediapolis home watching television in the basement.

Babcock, who also was present in the basement, went to a room with the 12-year-old and began taking off her clothes.

The boy alleges Babcock talked him into having sex, which they did. He told detectives it was his first time.

Another 13-year-old — not the 12-year-old’s brother — also spoke with detectives and said he, too, has had sex with the woman.

Allegedly at midnight on July 1, Babcock went to the Mediapolis home where the 13-year-old was spending the night, authorities said.

And, much like the 12-year-old’s contention, the other boy reportedly told authorities Babcock talked him into having sex. He, too, said it was his first time.

During a separate interview with detectives, Babcock reportedly admitted to being in the Mediapolis home, but that it was the 13-year-old who started making sexual remarks toward her.

She insisted she told the boy having sex with him was not a good idea because she could get in trouble for it. She, however, told detectives the drugs and alcohol “had a massive effect on her and (may have) caused her to do things without thinking.”

Babcock, court papers indicate, said she and the 13-year-old went to a fireworks show July 3 in Sperry where they allegedly held hands and kissed.

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