Women Pushing Boundaries With Teens

One woman just got out of prison for a second time, after being convicted in the statutory rape of a 15-year-old boy whom she eventually married and bore a child with.

And another woman may be heading to jail after allegedly opening up a Pennsylvania hotel room last Friday to a group of teens for what police describe as a sex- and drug-fueled party.

In both cases, the women find themselves in trouble with police for what is considered inappropriate and illegal behavior with minors. But neither woman is saying she is sorry or even offering regret for decisions that led to their respective arrests.

And experts say that it should not come as a surprise that some women do not see why society and law enforcement look unfavorably at adult women who get involved with teenagers. Shades of the infamous Mary Kay Letourneau case, some say.

"Their conscience is not shocked the way the general public is shocked," Frederic Reamer, a professor in the School of Social Work at Rhode Island College and a member of the state parole board, told ABC News.

Reamer has worked with many female offenders involved in what the law — and generally the public — consider taboo relationships with teens. While he said that the circumstances often differ from case to case, the patterns of behavior are typically the same.

Lisa Lynette Clark, 39, who earlier spent nine months in jail on the rape charge, was released Friday from a Georgia prison after she was convicted of helping her teenage husband, now 17, flee the state while still on probation.


That teenager is the father of the couple's 2-year-old son. Clark married the teen in November 2005, when he was 15. They met because he was the friend of Clark's teenage son.

Under Georgia law, the teen was allowed to marry because the bride was pregnant with his child.

Clark was arrested the day after the wedding and spent nine months in jail after pleading guilty to statutory rape. She was then convicted for helping her husband, who was on probation after a burglary conviction, flee the state.

In an exclusive interview with ABC News' Atlanta affiliate WSBTV on Monday, Clark said her first priority as a free woman would be regaining custody of her toddler. She also said she will reunite with her husband.

"Yes, I love him. I mean I wouldn't be with him if I didn't love him. So I care very deeply for him," she told WSB.

A book entitled "Betrayed: The True Story of Lisa Lynette Clark," ghost-written while Clark was behind bars, is scheduled to be published as soon as this week. The book details a taboo, high-profile relationship that began when the boy was just 14 years old.

In it, Clark invokes the Bible and longs for the day her husband turns 17, and she no longer has to turn her back to him. "I remember all those nights when I would prepare a bubble bath for you and light a candle," an excerpt printed in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution runs. "I want to love you like that again and cook for you and clean for you."

Clark, while acknowledging some embarrassment for the explicit nature of the book, stood by her sexual relationship with the minor. "Right now, this is morally unacceptable, but 20 years ago, interracial relationships were unacceptable," she said.

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