A 30-year-old mom was sentenced Tuesday to nine years in prison for the statutory rape of her child’s 12-year-old friend.
Nicole Marie Smith of the 100 blocks of Yankee Drive pleaded guilty to two counts of statutory rape and one count of statutory sodomy with a person younger than 14. The sentence was handed down by Circuit Court Judge Rick Zerr.
Police said that cellphone messages between the juvenile and Smith show that she encouraged him to erase all messages from her and further stated that she was afraid she would go to jail if anyone found out.
The two also professed their love for one another, court documents say.