Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Carl Junction woman, 37, found naked in bed with underage boy, enters not guilty plea
Francesca Lauren Mathis pleaded not guilty during a video arraignment Monday in Jasper County Circuit Court. Judge Joseph Hensley rejected Mathis' request to have her $5,000 cash-only bond reduced and scheduled a bond hearing for 8:30 a.m. Thursday, January 8.
The discovery of the alleged illegal activity took place when Jasper County Sheriff's deputies were allowed to enter a house at 110 Birch Street by its owner while conducting a follow-up. The deputies found the man they were looking for, but stumbled across another crime, according to the probable cause statement.
The owner let us into the northeast door of the residence and (the suspect) was found in the shower. As another deputy was getting him detained, there was yelling coming from an adjacent room. The door was being held open by an older style hook and loop type lock and I looked in and could see a naked woman (later identified as Francesca Mathis).
I stated it was the police and she replied, "Don't come in, I'm naked."
When she slid down to the foot of the bed, I could see the skin of another person in the room. I asked who was in the room with her and a male identified himself as (name redacted). They came out and (the boy) went outside with me to speak about what was going on.
As we walked up, I asked if he and woman were having sex and he said they were getting ready to. I then had Mathis step outside step outside (and) read Miranda warnings to her. She stated she understood and then confessed at the scene and again later in a recorded interview at the jail she had been having sex with (the boy) since April of this year and they had had intercourse on 12-18-2019.
On 12-27-2019, at the Children's Center in a CAC interview (the boy) disclosed that he and Mathis have been in a sexual relationship for most of the year.