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An Oregon mother is accused of sexually preying on her teen daughter's classmate and raping him after she connected with him over Snapchat.
Rheta Leanne Melvin, 36, of Riddle was arrested Thursday for multiple sex crimes committed against the 14-year-old boy, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.
Investigators began eyeing the mother “after learning that Melvin had sexual contact with a teenage male,” according to the press release.
“Melvin initially began messaging the juvenile and exchanging photographs of a sexual nature through a social media platform,” the sheriff’s office states. That social media platform was Snapchat, local outlet KTVL reports.
“Melvin and the juvenile made arrangements to meet and had sexual contact," the sheriff's office said.
The boy claimed Melvin lured him to her car and had sex with him in the back seat, according to a police report obtained by KTVL. After that incident, the teen said Melvin kept asking to meet up, but he felt uncomfortable. He said made excuses so he wouldn’t have to see her again.
The victim’s mother found out about Melvin’s alleged actions through another parent.
Melvin has been charged with rape, sodomy, online corruption of a child and other related charges. Melvin appears to be smiling in her mugshot. It’s not clear if she has a lawyer at this time.
She allegedly admitted to "sexting" the teen but claimed she thought he was "either 17 or 18” according to KTVL. While she denied having sex with him, she allegedly admitted that she drove him home after he visited her daughter but her daughter told police that the teen was never at her home, according to the KTVL.
Melvin allegedly also admitted to "sexting other young kids,” according to the police report obtained by KTVL.
Investigators believe there could be other victims or witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471, referencing case #19-5559.
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