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GAINESVILLE, Ga., Dec 13, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- A 37-year-old pregnant Georgia woman facing child molestation and statutory rape charges says she sees nothing wrong with marrying her son's teenage friend.

Lisa Lynette Clark is free on bail awaiting arraignment on Dec. 21, and told ABC News she will be eight months pregnant by the youth by then.

Clark and the boy married using a loophole in Georgia law that waives parental consent and age requirements for a teenager to marry if the bride is pregnant.

She said when the boy began courting her two years ago, he claimed to be 17, and she finally gave in.

The boy's grandmother and legal guardian, Judy Hayles, said she was furious when she found love letters written by Clark to her grandson.

"She said ... she just wanted us all to be family," Hayles told "Good Morning America."

"I said: 'I have a family. I don't need one with a pedophile in it.'"


Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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