JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) – Court records state that 39-year-old Mary Dennis admitted to having sexual relations with at least seven minors at parties she held for students of Silver Creek High School. Now a judge has punished her for the crime.
An investigation started after her daughter said she walked by Dennis's bedroom and noticed her having sexual relations with one boy, while at least one more watched.
In April 2010, Mary Dennis was arrested on charges that she threw parties for teenagers and had sex with underage boys.
Police interviewed several minors, which prosecutors say helped them build a case. Dennis would later admit to the activities, and her attorney worked with prosecutors on a plea agreement.
"I've been a prosecutor for over a decade now and unfortunately I still get amazed by some of the things that I see some people do," said Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull.
In all, prosecutors would determine she had sexual relations with seven teenage boys, one as young as 15-years-old. Court records also indicate she provided alcohol.
Friday morning, the case wrapped up in Clark County Court Superior 1. After sentencing, she remained silent as WAVE 3 asked her questions. Her attorney, however, spoke on her behalf.
"The agreement was that she would have 4 years probated, and then 3 years executed, which under Indiana law means that she will serve between a year and a year and a half in the Clark County jail and she'll have work release the entire time," attorney Brian Butler said.
That means her days will be spent at work, her nights, behind bars. This is the most serious offense on Dennis's record.
Her attorney explains what may have prompted her bizarre actions.
"She had had a divorce that preceded this that was very, very difficult on her and I'd say that it contributed to some of her decision making," Butler said.
In the end, she pleaded guilty to one count of sexual conduct with a minor and neglect of a dependent.
Her sentence calls for up to a year-and-a-half in Clark County Work Release, where Dennis will work during the day, and then report to jail for the night. She's also ordered to undergo counseling and is not allowed to contact any of the juveniles. She will also be required to register as a sex offender.
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