Married Texas woman, 31, who admitted to raping boy, 15, after cops caught her smoking weed with him in car, avoids prison and will have charges erased after completing probation
- Amanda Bush pleaded guilty to second-degree felony sexual assault of a child and was sentenced to deferred probation
- If Bush complies with the terms of her probation, the charge will be dismissed and her conviction expunged from record
- Bush, who is married with children, must register as a sex offender for life
- Bush was caught in September 2018 with a 16-year-old boy in a parked car
- She initially lied to police that the boy was 18 and that they were not lover, but later admitted to having sex with him and knowing his real age
- Investigation revealed Bush had her first sexual encounter with victim when he was just 15 years old
Amanda Bush, 31, has pleaded guilty to second-degree felony sexual assault of a child and was sentenced to deferred probation for 10 years
A Texas woman has been sentenced to probation instead of prison time and could see her conviction expunged after she admitted to sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy.
Amanda Bush, 31, from Robinson, pleaded guilty in May to second-degree felony sexual assault of a child in exchange for a recommendation from McLennan County prosecutors that she be placed on deferred probation.
On Wednesday, Judge Susan Kelly approved the plea deal and sentenced Bush to deferred probation for 10 years.
Unlike in a regular probation, where a judge finds the defendant guilty, sentences her and then suspends the imposition of the sentence, in a differed probation the judge delays the conviction.
If the defendant successfully complies with the terms of her probation, the charges are dismissed and the conviction is expunged from the defendant’s record.
Bush will also be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life, reported the Waco Tribune-Herald.
Bush, pictured on the right with her newlywed husband, was caught in a car with a 16-year-old boy in September 28
Had she been convicted at trial, Bush could have faced up to 20 years in prison.
In September 2018, Bush, then aged 28 and in a relationship with her long-time boyfriend, was arrested on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge after police officers found her sitting in a parked car with a 16-year-old boy before dawn.
Bush lied to the police that the boy was 18 years old and that they were not in a relationship, according to charging documents.
Later, the woman admitted that she knew the boy was 16 years old, and that they were in a sexual relationship.
When interviewed by the police, the victim confirmed that he had had sex with Bush.
Bush admitted to having sex with the 16-year-old boy, and the child confirmed that
If Bush complies with the terms of her probation, the charge will be dismissed and her conviction expunged from record
In the course of the investigation, it was revealed that Bush had her first sexual encounter with the teen when he was just 15 years old.
The legal age of consent in Texas is 17 years old.
Bush’s attorney said the woman has accepted responsibility for her actions.
Recent social media posts indicate that Bush married her boyfriend last year, got a job as a manager at a fast-food restaurant and was raising a son and daughter.