Oregon Woman Sentenced to Jail in Boy Scout Sex Abuse Case

monda-guthrie-28-mugWhen she was first arrested and charged with having sex with an underage Boy Scout, 28-year-old Elizabeth Monda-Guthrie pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Monda-Guthrie and the 16-year-old reportedly met at Butte Creek Scout Camp in Marion County, according to court documents. Monda-Guthrie worked at the camp for the Boy Scouts of America. They engaged in sexual activities at the camp and once at the teenager’s house on the property.

The Portland, Oregon woman changed her plea to guilty after admitting that she had sexually abused the underage Boy Scout on repeated occasions beginning last summer. The judge sentenced her to 20 days in jail and required her to register as a sex offender.

The sentence is light given the nature of the offense. It is not known at this time if Monda-Guthrie engaged in similar criminal behavior with any other underage Boy Scouts.

Many people may think that a 16 year old boy isn’t “abused” or “molested” when he has sex with an older woman – he “just got lucky.” In reality, premature or coerced sex with an adult female in a position of authority over a boy, even a teenage boy, causes confusion at best, and often rage, depression, or other problems. To be used as a sexual object by a more powerful person, male or female, is always abusive and often damaging. The law recognizes this, which is why women like Monda-Guthrie are charged and convicted of child abuse when they have sex with teenage boys.

Dumas and Vaughn Attorneys at Law has law offices in Portland, Oregon and serves clients in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and other states.

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