A 29-year-old Texas woman who was accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old Beaver Dam boy made her previous appearance in court on Friday.
Baylei Diane Smotherman is charged with sexual assault of a child under 16. She could face up to 40 years in prison and a $100,000 fine if convicted of the charge.
Smotherman appeared before Dodge Court Commissioner Steven Seim who found probable cause against her. Smotherman was placed on a $20,000 cash bond with condition that she doesn’t have any direct or indirect contact with the victim or unsupervised contact with any minor children other than her own children.
According to the criminal complaint, Beaver Dam Police responded to AmericInn, 325 Seippel Blvd., Beaver Dam on Wednesday at 1 p.m. for a report of a 15-year-old boy in Smotherman’s room. The boy’s father was at the AmericInn and reported that the boy was possibly in the room after finding the boy’s bicycle outside the hotel.
The police went into the room and Smothermon opened the door. The boy was seen in the room and was told that his father was looking for him. The boy reported to an officer that he was a friend of Smothermon and that she had come to Beaver Dam to visit him. However, the officer found items in the room that influenced them to believe that the relationship may have been sexual in nature.
There was likewise alcohol in the room and two champagne-type glasses on the hot tub. The boy said they had met each other on social media. After the boy permitted the officer to look at his phone, the boy acknowledged that he had sex with Smothermon while visiting her in the hotel room.
Smothermon allegedly confessed to coming to Beaver Dam to engage in sexual intercourse with the boy but said she thought he was 19.
A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for June 14.
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