Woman accused of sexual affair with 15-year-old

Wendy Crowell

A 37-year-old Grand Junction woman faces allegations she kept up a sexual affair with her son’s 15-year-old friend.

Wendy Crowell, 135 Buena Vista Drive, is being held at the Mesa County Jail on $10,000 bond following her arrest Friday on suspicion of five counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, in addition to five counts of sexual assault.

Grand Junction police opened an investigation last June after the mother of the alleged 15-year-old victim reported to police that Crowell had been carrying on a sexual affair with her son. The victim’s mother reported her family had become close to Crowell and her children since the end of the 2012 school year.

The mother, however, reported developing “a gut feeling” something was wrong, later confirmed by a series of text messages between her son and Crowell.

“In one of the texts they tell each other they love one another,” reads an arrest warrant affidavit.

The mother said her son confessed to having sexual intercourse fives times with Crowell over a three-week period last summer. Crowell, at the time the case was opened last summer, was married but “having problems” and had asked her husband to move out, according to the affidavit.

Police removed several items of information from the arrest document released on Monday.

The boy described several sexual encounters in Crowell’s bedroom and inside her vehicle, when they parked at least twice at the end of a cul-de-sac. On the first occasion, the boy said he was staying the night, watching television with his friend, before Crowell sat down next to him on a couch after the others fell asleep, the affidavit said.

“She told him she couldn’t sleep when he was there,” the affidavit said. “Wendy told him he should be 18 ... Wendy asked him if he could pretend to be 18 for the night.”

The boy told detectives he’d had sex before.

“(Boy) said she didn’t take his innocence; it’s not like that,” the affidavit said.

The boy recalled telling Crowell they needed to stop texting each other because he knew his mother knew “something was up.”

According to the affidavit, without being confronted with any specific allegation of wrongdoing, “Wendy indicated she didn’t do anything with this child.” Crowell agreed to an interview with police detectives, who instead were contacted by an attorney retained by Crowell, the affidavit said.


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