Syracuse police have arrested a woman accused of engaging in an ongoing sexual relationship with three teenage boys.

Police said their investigation began Nov. 19 when detectives began looking into rumors that a woman had been sending nude pictures of herself to a teenage boy.

"When we looked into the person she sent it to, he's an 18-year-old male," Syracuse Police Lt. Tracy Jensen said Tuesday. "However, we were concerned because of the rumors we were hearing."

When police brought the 40-year-old woman in for questioning, she disclosed that she'd had sexual relationships with three boys, ages 15 to 17, Jensen said.

"It's gone on and off for six months to a year," he said. "She knew the victims through friends of her daughter's and in the neighborhood."

The woman was booked into the Davis County Jail last week on investigation of unlawful sex with a minor, unlawful sexual conduct and dealing materials harmful to a minor. She posted bail and was released. The Davis County Attorney's Office is screening any possible charges, police said.

Jensen said detectives are looking for more possible victims but acknowledged there may be difficulty in getting anyone else to come forward.

"The consensus is going to be that guys don't want to come forward because they're really not victims," he said. "There is definitely a different persona when you put a twist where a female is taking advantage of a male. But the law is very clear, and we don't differentiate, because it does break the law."


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