CINCINNATI (CBS/AP) Patricia Dye, the 31-year-old Ohio woman who pretended to be a teenage boy in order to have sex with a 16-year-old girl, pleaded guilty Wednesday and was sentenced to six months in jail.
Dye, a petite woman who stands at 4-feet-11-inches tall, went by the alias "Matt Abrams" when she was arrested June 30 after her 16-year-old "girlfriend" fled from a hotel room the two were sharing. After her arrest, Dye admitted to authorities that she attempted to make her boyish look more believable by cutting her hair into a short, androgynous style, said CBS affiliate WKRC.
Dye pleaded guilty Wednesday to three misdemeanor counts: sexual imposition, attempted sexual imposition and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Warren County Juvenile Court Judge Mike Powell sentenced Dye to jail and put her on a two-year probation. He also ordered that Dye not have any contact with the victim or the victim's family and classified her as a sexual offender, which means she must register with authorities every six months for the next 15 years.
"This woman victimized a young girl and needed to be punished for her actions," Chief Assistant Prosecutor Bruce McGary said in a statement Wednesday.
Dye's attorney, Rob Kaufman, said he initially pushed for the mental health evaluation and potential treatment for his client who, he says, "feels remorse" for her actions.
The teen who discovered Dye's true gender was scarred by the experience. "I'm even scared to walk my dog," she said in a statement to the court according to the Dayton Daily News.
"I used to trust people. Now I don't."
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