A 35 year-old Dover woman was charged with 30 counts of second-degree rape of a victim less than 16 years of age, 10 counts of first-degree unlawful sexual contact of a person under the age of 16, and two counts each of endangering the welfare of a child and continuous sexual abuse of a child. She is currently in the Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution, New Castle, in default of $323,000 secured bond.


    A Dover woman is behind bars and facing rape charges after two children in her care told authorities about a long list of alleged sexual abuses.

    Graphic details of the abuse came to light during an unrelated counseling session with one of the children, who are 9 and 7 years old, said Lt. James Hosfelt, spokesman for the Dover Police Department.

    “I’ve never seen anything like this before,” Hosfelt said. “I’ve heard about crazy things in the news but not anything like this around here.”

    The children outlined incidents they said had occurred as early as the age of 3, according to documents obtained from Justice of the Peace Court No. 7 in Dover.

    “It’s unfortunate for the juvenile victims,” Ho­sfelt said.

    The children are in the custody of a family member.

    Police arrested Rebecca A. Harris, 35, of Roosevelt Avenue, Dover, on July 22 and charged her with 30 counts of second-degree rape of a victim less than 16 years of age, 10 counts of first-degree unlawful sexual contact of a person under the age of 16, and two counts each of endangering the welfare of a child and continuous sexual abuse of a child.

    She was committed to the Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution, New Castle, in default of $323,000 secured bond.

    Though Hosfelt had no statistics on how frequently women are charged with rape, an Internet search resulting in information from the United States Bureau of Justice Statistics revealed women committed only 3% to 5% of all single-perpetrator sexual assaults or rapes in the country in 2003, the last year for which statistics are available.
    “Common rape investigations involve male suspects and female victims, however, on occasion we do see the alternative when a woman is the culprit,” said Sgt. Joshua Bushweller, spokesman for the Delaware State Police.

    Such a case came to light July 24 when a Magnolia woman was arrested in connection with a relationship she had with a teenage boy.

    In the Justice of the Peace Court No. 7 documents, the 23-year-old woman allegedly had sexual relations with a boy of 14 or 15. The relationship was revealed while the boy was being interviewed at the William M. Stevenson Detention Center and documents state he told authorities that the woman was his girlfriend and mother of his child. He also said the relationship was consensual.

    The teen said “his name was not placed on his son’s birth certificate because he was too young at that time,” documents state.

    The woman has denied the teen is the father of her child but admitted in the documents to the sexual relationship.

    Delaware State Police arrested Blooma G. West, 23, of Lambert Drive, and charged her with 52 charges of second-degree rape and endangering the welfare of a child. Bail was set at $286,000 unsecured and no other information was available.

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