GROVETON, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Groveton Police Department arrested a 27-year-old woman in connection to allegations that she had multiple sexual encounters with a 13-year-old boy at her home.
Kendra Jenice Murphy, of Groveton, was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree felony aggravated sexual assault of a child.
According to the arrest affidavit, the Groveton Police Department asked Texas Ranger Steven Jeter to help with the investigation of an alleged sexual assault of a child on Aug. 28. On that day, the 13-year-old boy made an outcry to authorities, alleging that over course of a month, he had multiple sexual encounters with Murphy at her home in Groveton, the affidavit stated.
When Jeter interviewed Murphy on Monday, she allegedly admitted that the boy tried to have a sexual relationship with her against her will. She said the boy touched her nude body and attempted to have sex with her, but he was unable to do so, the affidavit stated.
"It is called victim shaming," said child advocate Ashley Cook. "That is some responsible adult who is shifting the blame from themselves as the adult decision maker onto the child. We see that fairly often."
The next day, Murphy contacted Jeter and said she wanted to talk, the affidavit stated. During her second interview, Murphy allegedly confessed to performing several sexual acts on and with the victim.
Murphy was then arrested and taken to the Trinity County Jail.
"The most important thing that anyone can say to a child is that it is not their fault," Cook said. "They don't understand that they are being used. They are being abused, so their feelings of love and care and boundaries are all mixed up. "
According to Texas criminal codes, a child under the age of 17 cannot legally give consent to have sex.