Woman pleads guilty to having sex with a 15-year-old boy

Posted By Robert Bernstein || 28-Oct-2010

A 38-year-old Santa Ana woman, Debra Ayala Tapia, was sentenced to one year in jail after accepting a plea deal and admitting guilt to having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy and giving birth to his child.  Originally, Tapia had been charged with two felony counts of lewd acts upon a child, two felony counts of oral copulation of a minor under 16, and two felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse.

Tapia had been friends with the boy's family for years and was married with three children when the affair occurred, spanning between February and November of 2009.  At the end of their relationship, she gave birth to the boy's daughter, who is now in custody of the boy's family. The boy's mother alerted authorities earlier this year when she found provocative handwritten notes between the pair and confronted her son, who admitted to the relationship.

Tapia was facing over seven years in prison before striking a plea deal with prosecutors.  In exchange for her guilty plea, three of the felony counts were dropped.  Along with her sentence of 365 days in an Orange County jail, Tapia will be on probation for three years after her release and will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life.

If you, or someone you know has been charged with a sex crime contact Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney Robert M. Bernstein for a free consultation today.

Categories: Sex Crimes, Statutory Rape

Contact Our Firm

Have questions? Fill out the information below to receive an immediate response.

Submit Your Message
Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer

Office Location:

Law Offices of Robert M. Bernstein
Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer
9595 Wilshire Blvd.,
Suite 900,

Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Directions [+]
Local Phone: (310) 477-1480

Call for a free consultation


Follow Us On:

The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.