Prosecutor: Neb. boy recanted story about mom sex

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Posted: Oct 22, 2010 4:58 PM
Prosecutor: Neb. boy recanted story about mom sex

Prosecutors have dropped a sexual assault charge against an Omaha woman after her teenage son recanted allegations that she had forced him to have sex with her every night, a prosecutor said Friday.

The boy originally said he was abused by his mother when he was in seventh and eighth grades.

Deputy Douglas County Attorney Molly Smith told The Associated Press that the boy recanted his allegation and that she didn't have enough evidence to continue without his testimony. She declined to provide details of the boy's recantation.

The charge against the now-42-year-old woman was dropped Aug. 9.

Smith said she has no plans to refile the charge and that she believed the investigation was over. Omaha police would not immediately comment on whether they were still investigating.

The AP is not identifying the boy's parents to protect his identity as a possible victim of sexual assault.

The mother has since moved to Fort Calhoun, Neb. She did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press.

Her attorney has not returned repeated calls from The Associated Press.

The boy's father said his son is 16 now and has lived with him since he finished eighth grade.

The man would not repeat conversations he has had with the boy about the allegations or about why the boy changed his story, except that the boy's mother and older half brother had been pressuring him to recant.

The man said he had never married his son's mother and that she had three children with three different fathers.

Officials said in January that they did not suspect that the boy's younger half brother had been abused.

The boy's father said his son was doing well, was attending an Omaha high school and was still undergoing counseling.

In January, when the woman was arrested, the boy's father said he had suspected for years that something was bothering his son.

"I never thought it was sexual abuse," the man told the AP. "I thought it could be physical or verbal abuse. My wife ... just out of the blue asked him, 'Has someone assaulted you?' ... His actions and his facial look told the answer."

He and his wife took the boy to a counselor. The boy told the counselor that the abuse occurred while his mother was abusing prescription drugs, the father said. It was the counselor who reported the alleged sexual abuse to police.

Court records show the mother pleaded no contest last year to a misdemeanor after being charged with intentionally violating narcotics laws. The Washington County sheriff's office said the woman had been trying to fill 15 different prescriptions from seven different doctors for 468 pills of the sleep aid Ambien or its generic equivalent.

The woman was sentenced to a year of probation and ordered to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings as part of a deal with prosecutors.