Mount Pleasant police say a 39-year-old woman from Oklahoma drove from her home to a local hotel to have sex with a teenage boy.
Michelle Koonce was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony county of child enticement and one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance. If convicted, she faces up to 25 years, one month in jail and/or up to $100,500 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, Mount Pleasant officers responded Saturday to the Comfort Inn, 1154 Prairie Drive, for a report of a suspected child sex assault. Investigators discovered that Koonce and a 16-year-old boy had met on XBox Live a year ago and had established a romantic relationship.
Police say that when they made contact with Koonce she first told them she stopped in Racine after dropping a friend off in Osseo, Wisc. She consented to a search of her room, and officers say they found an open chat room on XBox Live where she was talking with the boy. Koonce told police she’d only spoken to the boy in the parking lot of the hotel but later admitted he had been in her room after officers saw a photo on her phone of the two of them taken on the hotel bed.
Investigators contacted the boy who admitted he lied about his age when he first met Koonce online but that he told her roughly three months ago that he was only 16, the complaint reads. According to the boy, they were also communicating via Skype and Kik, and, after he came clean about his age, Koonce started to perform strip teases for him.
Officers say three weeks ago Koonce told the boy she might be in the area and that she made it clear she wanted to have sex with him. The boy said he went to the hotel to meet Koonce, but he got uncomfortable and left when the defendant tried to cuddle with him.
After additional questioning by police, Koonce finally admitted to traveling to Racine County to meet the boy, and that he’d been in her hotel room both Friday and Saturday evenings, the complaint reads. Officers took Koonce into custody, and say she asked that her medication come with her except that one of them was not marked properly. Koonce admitted that she’d had a prescription because of a knee problem for the “hydro,” but it wasn’t current.
Koonce was assigned a $10,000 cash bond at her initial appearance Monday. Her preliminary hearing is April 16.
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