Woman accused of having inappropriate, sexual relationship with 14-year-old boy

BENNINGTON, Vt. (NEWS10) – A woman accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a teenage boy in Bennington County is facing charges.

Rosa Pastrana, 21, is from Staples, Minn. She became so infatuated with a teenage boy from Bennington that she traveled nearly 1,400 miles to see him.

Court documents provide graphic detail into their alleged relationship. They also state she was charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault of Someone Younger than 16, Attempted Luring of a Child for Sexual Exploitation, Lewd Conduct with a Child, and five counts of Possession of Child Pornography.

She pleaded not guilty in Bennington Criminal Court on Wednesday.

According to the affidavit, Pastrana and the boy met on Omegle, a website that lets you talk and video chat with strangers. Through a search warrant, a detective found several records of phone calls and text messages between Pastrana and the boy as well as multiple inappropriate images and videos of him.

The detective said Pastrana admitted it could make her guilty of possession child porn. He also said she acknowledged the relationship and admitted her talking to the boy was wrong and he was too young.

“…Rosa started to cry and said she still cares about him. She does not care if she gets sent to jail…” he described in the affidavit.

Dr. Rudy Nydegger is a clinical psychologist. He said the boy probably doesn’t know as much as he thinks he does, and as a result, Pastrana’s alleged actions could negatively affect the boy.

“Whether it is by consent or they actually love each other, it is absolutely wrong, and it’s harmful,” he said.

Nydegger said social media “tends to erase boundaries.”

“The usual kinds of threats like ‘I can’t do this. It’s illegal,’ they’re not right here in front of you,” he explained.

Pastrana remains in Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in Burlington. If convicted on all charges, she could be facing a life in prison.

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