Police say woman gave teenager Valium
BROOKSVILLE — A Brooksville woman faces child abuse charges after being accused of giving prescription drugs to a 16-year-old girl, police say.
Angela Theresa Taylor, 20, gave the girl Valium on or about Nov. 20, according to a report from the Brooksville Police Department. Taylor told the girl "the pills would make her high and she would be cool if she got high with her," the report said.
Taylor admitted to giving the girl the pills but told investigators she did not know she was 16.
Taylor, of 600 Darby Lane No. 21, also faces a charge of delivery of a controlled substance. She was taken to Hernando County Jail. Her bail was set at $70,000.
Woman faces charge of having sex with boy
BROOKSVILLE — A 25-year-old Brooksville woman has been charged with lewd and lascivious battery of a child after admitting to a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy, authorities say.
Hopemarie Johnson Clark told investigators that she had sex with the boy about 25 times between Sept. 9 and Nov. 18, according to a report from the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.
The first encounter occurred shortly after Clark moved in with the mother of the teen and his sister in Brooksville, the report said. Clark, who was arrested Monday, told investigators she is "in love" with the teen.
She remained in Hernando County Jail Tuesday on $20,000 bail.