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Former Boys Town supervisor convicted after having sex with 17-year-old ward of state

Former Boys Town supervisor convicted after having sex with 17-year-old ward of state

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A former supervisor at Boys Town was convicted Thursday of a charge of sex abuse for a sexual relationship she had with a 17-year-old boy who was a ward of the state.

A jury of seven women and five men convicted Robyn Wood, 32, after about five hours of deliberations.

Under state law it is illegal for an employee or contractor of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services to subject a “protected person” to sexual penetration, regardless of whether the sex was consensual.

The law is similar to one that applies to the state’s inmates, who don’t have the ability to consent to sex. The same applies to the 17-year-old, who was receiving treatment at Boys Town.

Wood worked as a supervisor of 12 employees at a group treatment home, said prosecutor Beth Beninato, a deputy Douglas County attorney.

Beninato said Wood and the teenager took long walks on the Boys Town campus. The relationship then progressed from holding hands to kissing to sexual intercourse.

Wood will be sentenced in January. She faces up to five years of probation or one to 20 years in prison.

Contact the writer: 402-444-1275, todd.cooper@owh.com

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