A woman who is already a registered Megan’s Law sex offender had sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old boy last Thursday, according to police.
Police responded to a disturbance on the 800 block of Walnut Street in Lansdale where the mother of a 14-year-old boy told the officers that 31-year-old Erica Dillon had sexual intercourse with her son, according to District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman.
Dillon and her live-in boyfriend, 26-year-old Antonio Morano, watched a pornographic video with the 14-year-old inside their residence and then Dillon had sex with the boy in the bedroom of the home while Morano watched, say police.
Dillon pleaded guilty to charges of indecent assault of a child under 13 and endangering the welfare of children on Feb. 26.
Because of the February guilty plea, she was already a registered Megan’s Law sex offender at the time of the April 15 incident, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.
A few things spring to mind. One, this is one reason why female offenders should not receive slaps on the wrist. According to the article, the woman raped a child under 13. Had she received a charge higher than indecent assault she might have remained in jail and not abused another boy. Granted, this time around she was charged with sexual assault, which should carry a high enough sentence for her to remain incarcerated for a year or so. However, it seems odd that the woman received such a low charge in the first case considering the age of the victim:
Lansdale police responded to a report of a disturbance and began investigating. According to an affidavit of probable cause, officers learned that Dillon had been convicted in February for the 2002 indecent assault on a 5-year-old family member and was out on $50,000 bail.
Two, cases like this poke holes in the theory that women who abuse do not commit repeat offenses. It took this woman no time to find another victim, coax him to her home, and rape him. Had the boy’s mother not noticed something, this woman may have continued to abuse that boy and others. It is possible that this woman has abused other boys whose parents failed to notice a change, may not have cares, or were not present.
Cases like this could be avoided if the people in power treated female offenders seriously. One would think sexually assaulting a 5-year-old would garner a more serious charge, especially since Philadelphia has some portion of Jessica’s Law in place. If cases involving female child rapists receive fair consideration, there would be fewer chances for women who prey on children to post bail and continue to abuse. More so, there would be greater restrictions on them and more services available to them so that those who want help can get it.
Whether this woman wants help remains to be seen. Unfortunately, it also remains to be seen whether her repeat offense will result in a stiffer sentence. Her live-in boyfriend may end up serving more time than she does.