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Woman accused of unlawful sex with a boy she met playing Xbox online

January 10, 2011 |  1:36 pm

Rachel Ann Hicks, 36An Orange County woman was in custody Monday for allegedly having sex with a 13-year-old Maryland boy she met playing Xbox Live online, authorities said.

The relationship between Rachel Ann Hicks, 36, and the boy progressed after their initial online encounter in September with phone calls, texts, e-mails and the exchange of sexually explicit photos and movies, police said.

Hicks told the boy she was 23 and flew to Maryland over the Thanksgiving holiday, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Soon after, the boy’s family discovered “romantic” text messages on his cellphone, prompting the boy to admit what had happened.

Hicks was arrested Friday at her Lake Forest home. She admitted to detectives that there was another minor who lived in California whom she was involved with. Investigators are trying to identify that boy.

She was being held at the Intake Release Center in Orange County and is expected to be prosecuted in Maryland. Her bail was set at $100,000.


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Photo: Rachel Ann Hicks. Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Department