GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. " If the roles were reversed, would the accused be treated the same?
The question was repeatedly raised during a sentencing hearing Monday for a 31-year-old Grand Junction woman charged with several felonies for having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old boy.
Theresa Millon, 31, ended up pregnant by the same boy and repeated on Monday her main defense to the charges: That she was sexually pursued "for weeks" before giving in to the boy's desires.
"I've wondered if this was a male offender making the same argument " that the girl kept coming on to me and I gave in " how I would take that," District Judge Richard Gurley said toward the end of Millon's hearing.
"I wouldn't be very receptive to that argument."
Millon was sentenced to a term of 10 years to life on probation " Millon will have to successfully complete an intensive sex-offender treatment program.
"The fact is if she messes up, she's looking potentially at the rest of her life in prison, and the court hopes that's motivation to start that (treatment) program and put some motivation in to it," the judge said after passing sentence.
Gurley also sentenced Millon to 15 months in the county's work release program.
Millon's sentence was left to the judge's discretion, per the terms of a plea agreement struck with the District Attorney's Office. Millon pleaded guilty to a lone count of sexual assault on a child.
While the plea called for "open sentencing," Mesa County Community Corrections wasn't an option. The group's board of directors rejected Millon as unfit for placement.
Millon told a Grand Junction police detective she had intercourse with the boy "three to four" times at her former home in the 400 block of 30 1/4 Road, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
The boy's mother was hospitalized and being treated for cancer at the time the two were involved. Millon had agreed to let the boy and his mother live with her starting in February.
Millon said the boy claimed to have "been with" several other women in their 30s. She learned she was pregnant in April or May and had an abortion in early June.
Millon will likely lose custody of her own two children as a result of her guilty plea.
"I didn't instigate this relationship," she told the judge. "He looks like he's 25 years old."
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