WALKER COUNTY, GA. (WRCB) -- "He kept begging me and begging me because he wanted to date me," Crystal Cothren told Channel 3 Eyewitness News. The 20-year-old is charged with statutory rape after she had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old.
Cothren was at a Fort Oglethorpe skating rink with her niece when she met him about seven months ago. "Some 15-year-olds play around. They act their age but him, he's just a built guy. He acted older than what his age is," she says.
At first Cothren says he didn't tell her his age. She found out the second time they met. "I was like no, better not. I'm going to get in trouble. He's too young for me. I'm a woman, I don't need to go after a kid," she recalls.
Cothren says their five year age gap clouded the fact that, by law, he was not old enough to give consent. News of their budding relationship had also reached his mom.
"She told me to leave him alone, which I did leave him alone. I left him alone, period," says Cothren.
Cothren claims he continued to contact her on Facebook and last weekend she picked him up at his Trenton home and took him to her Lafayette apartment, where he stayed for three days.
"I shouldn't have to go down for this because it's not just my fault. It's his too," says Cothren.
She has been charged with statutory rape and, if convicted, could spend the rest of her life on the sex offender registry.
"I didn't rape him. If I would have raped him, I would have been out in the woods and raped him," she said.
Looking back she wishes it never happened. "I mean. I'll never talk to him again," Cothren says. "I'm going to start asking a lot of questions before I do anything now."
Sunday, May 19 2013 8:47 PM EDT2013-05-20 00:47:12 GMT
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