Woman arrested after county finds evidence of sexual exploitation
SISKIYOU COUNTY, Cal - A McCloud woman has now been arrested on charges of statutory rape.
News10 has been following the investigation into sexual exploitation charges, last bringing you a timeline of the events up to February 17.
The Siskiyou County Sheriff and District Attorney maintained that an arrest was coming, but none was ever made. The county now says they have the evidence to proceed with charging Mary Fletcher, who goes by Debbie, with four counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, also known as statutory rape. Fletcher has also been charged with one count of dissuading a witness or victim.
The statutory rape counts are separated for each victim: two counts with two victims and two counts with one victim. Sheriff Jon Lopey says there may have been some witness or victim intimidation for the 'dissuading a witness or victim' count, but believes there is enough evidence from text messages and phone calls to prove that charge.
District Attorney Kirk Andrus says the arrest could have been made at any time during the investigation if deputies felt they had enough probable cause, but SCSO ultimately decided to wait because Fletcher was not an immediate danger to the community.
"There would not have been really any utility to hurrying through an investigation so we just wanted to make sure it was complete," Andrus said.
News 10 first brought you this story of Fletcher accused of having sexual relations with three minors in December. Since then, the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office has been investigating the case.
Fletcher will be arraigned on March 22 on her charges.