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OC mom accused of having sex w/ 13-year-old

Rachel Ann Hicks, 36, was arrested on suspicion of having sex with a 13-year-old Maryland boy she met online. The Lake Forest mother is facing two counts of rape and one count of child molestation.

January 7, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A 36-year-old mother of three was arrested Friday on suspicion of having sex with a 13-year-old boy she met online.Rachel Ann Hicks, of Lake Forest, is facing two counts of rape and one count of child molestation. She is being held without bail.

Orange County Sheriff's investigators say Hicks posed as a 23-year-old woman on XBox Live and started an e-mail and text relationship with the boy, who lives in Maryland. The relationship, which began in September, progressed to Hicks sending sexually explicit pictures and video of herself.

Over Thanksgiving weekend, she told her husband that she had to go to Florida. Detectives say instead, Hicks rented a car and drove to Maryland, where she had sex with the boy at his home while is parents were sleeping.

When the boy's parents confronted him about the messages on his phone, he told them what had happened.

With help from federal authorities, deputies tracked Hicks down and arrested her at her home Friday afternoon, according to Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino.

Investigators suspect she may have molested at least one other boy, Amormino said.

City News Service contributed to this report.