Woman who faked cancer sentenced for sex with teens
Jennifer Dempsey passed herself off as a 16-year-old girl on Facebook and contacted two boys 14 and 16 years old to meet them for sex between November 2012 and February, police say. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
A Phoenix woman accused of having sex with two teenage boys has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.
Maricopa County Superior Court officials said Judge Pamela Svoboda sentenced Jennifer Dempsey, 36, on Friday, also giving her a lifetime of supervised probation with sex offender terms.
Dempsey pleaded guilty in September to a list of sex crimes, including child molestation, attempted sexual conduct with a minor and sexual conduct with a minor.
Police said she passed herself off as a 16-year-old girl on Facebook and contacted two boys, 14 and 16 years old, to meet them for sex between November 2012 and February.
She even told the victims she was pregnant.
But that's not all. Detectives said that over the past five years, she also faked having cancer.
Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump said Dempsey convinced her family she had cancer by shaving her head, buying wigs and taping a fake chemotherapy port to her chest, Crump said.
"She used her cancer ploy to our detectives to try and stay out of trouble," said Crump. "She said this is the reason why she didn't engage in the sexual conduct because she was constantly ill from chemotherapy, all of which we learned in the following days, was not true."
During the investigation, police said they recovered incriminating text messages that led to her arrest. Dempsey admitted she had sex with the oldest victim, but denied sexual activity with the younger boy, although she did make statements that corroborate the charges, Crump added.
Police served a search warrant on her home, which produced several pieces of evidence.
Crump said the police investigation started after the parents of one of the teenagers came forward.
According to police, the parents had met Dempsey and didn't believe she was 16 years old. The parents also found nude photos being exchanged with their son, police said.
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