Shoals Mothers Speak Out For Tighter Laws In Rape Case

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A Shoals woman accused of having sex with a 14-year-old boy will be tried for rape in a Lauderdale County courtroom, next week.

Police say Dana Allen had a sexual relationship with a Wilson School student for several months.

Detectives believe Allen had an inappropriate relationship with several other students.

Investigators say those boys were above the age of consent.

Now a group of Shoals mothers, who say their sons were also victims of Dana Allen, are speaking out.

These mothers want tougher laws in the State of Alabama.

Prosecutors say Dana Allen is a sexual predator and charged her with raping a minor.

But now 3 Lauderdale County mothers have come forward to WHNT and say their young sons also engaged in inappropriate sexual relations with Allen.

These mothers want their identities protected and say they also want more charges against Allen.

But according to state law, the boys can agree to have sex with whomever they want.

 “They may be legal in the eyes of the law but they`re not legal in the eyes of the parent,” said one of the mothers.

These mothers tell WHNT News 19, since their sons are above the age of consent they have become an invisible victim. 

“Us parents are just mortified.  I want an example to be set,” said a second mother.

These parents say if prosecutors reach a plea deal other unknowing children could be victimized.

“My concerns are other children out there if they let this woman free,” said a Lauderdale County mother.

But state's attorneys confirm a jury is scheduled for Dana Allen.

“I just feel for all these boys and I hope justice will be done the right way for our kids and other kids out there,” said one of the mothers. 

Detectives say the sex acts happened over several months but these parents say without tighter laws, the damage done will last much longer.

Jury selection is expected to start Monday morning.  Prosecutors believe opening arguments will begin later in the week.

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