Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Woman Accused Of Sex With Teen Sought

As seen on

Becky Jo Tatum

BEXLEY, Ohio — Police on Monday said they were searching for a woman accused of having oral sex with a 14-year-old girl.

Becky Jo Tatum is charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, according to the arrest warrant.

The warrant reveals that the teenager was visiting Tatum’s home earlier this month when the alleged sexual conduct occurred.

According to police, the case began as an investigation into possible drug activity.

"This all started out as a drug investigation and as a result of the drug investigation we seized Becky's computers," said Bexley police Detective Bob Cuschleg. "Looking at the computers we found images that were a little disturbing."

Cuschleg did not elaborate on the images, but said they were of children '"role playing," 10TV's Tracy Townsend reported.

"There's actually no sexual act in the images on the computer," Cuschleg said. "What we've done is we have investigated the images we found on the computer (and) we found a victim that actually had a sexual contact with Becky Jo Tatum."

Tatum, 41, is described as white, 6 feet tall and weighs 145 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes.

Records obtained by 10TV News on Monday showed that Tatum was previously charged with prostitution, theft and drug trafficking, Townsend reported.

Police said that the investigation was ongoing and revealed the possibility of additional victims.

"We have to get her off the streets and behind bars and start to resolve these matters," Cuschleg said. "The quicker we can get this behind us, the better chance these victims or potential victims can get on with their lives."

Anyone with information is asked to call Bexley police at 614-559-4444.

The stereotypical child molester is, perhaps, an older white guy in dirty clothes with a few days beard. Stories like this serve to remind that stereotypes aren't always accurate.

Update: Captured

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