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Magna woman charged with unlawful sex with teen runaway

Magna woman charged with unlawful sex with teen runaway

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MAGNA — A Magna woman was charged Friday with having unlawful sex with a runaway teenager.

Jennifer Liddell, 40, is charged in 3rd District Court with two counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, a third-degree felony; and endangerment of a child, a third-degree felony.

Investigators say Liddell had sex with a 16-year-old runaway boy at her house. When police found the boy on Aug. 24, he referred to "Jen" as his girlfriend, according to charging documents, and detectives also found notes in Liddell's bedroom "which expressed Jen's love" for the boy.

Also in the house, police found "drug paraphernalia, including heroin needles" throughout the residence, the charges state.

Liddell claimed to police that after two weeks of staying with her, the boy began using heroin and "became controlling and sadistic" and that she felt she could not say no to sex "because she was afraid," according to the charges.

Bail was set at $100,000.

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the team in 2021 after many years of reporting for the Deseret News


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