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Pasco woman, 38, pleads guilty to sex with minor

Alexis Colson of Land O’Lakes is led away after being sentenced Tuesday. She also pleaded guilty to electronic transfer of materials harmful to minors for texting the victim explicit photos of herself.

BRENDAN FITTERER | Times

Alexis Colson of Land O’Lakes is led away after being sentenced Tuesday. She also pleaded guilty to electronic transfer of materials harmful to minors for texting the victim explicit photos of herself.

NEW PORT RICHEY — A 38-year-old married Land O'Lakes mother was sentenced to prison Tuesday for having sex with a boy in her SUV and texting him explicit photos of herself.

Alexis Colson pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a minor and transmission of material harmful to minors.

The encounter happened in January 2013. According to an arrest report, Colson texted the victim — 16 at the time — with instructions on where to meet. They left his school in her SUV and parked in a field. Sexual activity ensued.

Detectives found the instructions on the teen's tablet, as well as "at least 15 explicit pictures" of Colson. The boy told detectives that Colson sent him the pictures. He also had a pair of black lace underwear he said were hers.

Authorities did not say how Colson met the boy. She is married to Tim Colson, and the couple's Facebook page indicates they have children. Her LinkedIn profile stated she was a fitness instructor who worked as a certified nursing assistant before moving to Florida in 2011.

In court, she spoke softly to Circuit Court Judge William Webb, who asked her to raise her voice. He sentenced her to 22 months in prison to be followed by 24 months of sex offender probation. She will remain a sex offender for the rest of her life. Colson could have faced a maximum of 20 years in prison if convicted on both counts. She did not react when she was led away by court officers.

The victim's family agreed to the deal beforehand and was present in the courtroom for the sentencing. The boy was not there. His sister, who asked that her name not be used because it could potentially identify the victim, said her brother has been cyberbullied because of what happened, and the crime left a scar on him that will never go away.

"Will justice be served in 22 months?" she asked. "I don't think so. Not unless she can give him back what she stole from him."

The fact that the victim in the case was male, she said, should have no bearing on the perception of the crime.

"A child is a child. (Colson) had children the same age," she said. "If it were a girl, would it be any different? … She picked him up from school. She was familiar with our family prior to (the incident). Preying on children is not acceptable."

Her brother is different since the incident, she said. He's been through counseling and "is sick every day."

"When you objectify a child," she said, "that's a part of their innocence that they never get back."

Pasco woman, 38, pleads guilty to sex with minor 04/15/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 8:13pm]
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