EASTON, Pa. – A 44-year-old woman who sobbed and said she felt “profound remorse” for having an affair with a 16-year-old boy was sentenced to 9 to 23 months in prison.
Northampton County Judge Paula A. Roscioli said Suzanne Wagner appeared “interested in having her legal troubles go away.” Though psychological profiles showed a low risk of reoffending, Roscioli said Wagner should be punished because the boy “was too young, too vulnerable, and you truly took advantage of him.”
Wagner had pleaded guilty to corruption of a minor. She was also fined $5,000, ordered to perform 100 hours of community service, and ordered to have no contact with the victim or other children except her own, who are ages 16 and 11.
Wagner began a relationship with the boy in 2002 when she was living in Northampton. Assistant District Attorney Patricia C. Broscius said the affair came to light when Wagner wrote a love letter to the boy after the relationship ended. The boy said he was a willing participant, and a 16-year-old can consent to sex under Pennsylvania law. Broscius has said Wagner was charged with corruption in large part because of the significant age difference between the two.