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March 15, 2010

Tryst with teen: 14-year-old fathered baby, police allege

JOHNSTOWN — A Johnstown woman was charged Monday with statutory sexual assault after she allegedly had a relationship with an underage boy who fathered her child.

In a court document, city police said 27-year old Donna Jean Hoyt of Solomon Homes was 24 in 2007 when she began an affair with a boy who was then 14 years old.

Hoyt lived at Solomon Homes with her husband and children when she began seeing the boy, whom she had met through a friend, police said.

Hoyt’s husband suspected that Hoyt and the boy were having an affair and reportedly left her, police said.

The boy then moved into the apartment Hoyt was sharing with another family member. He and Hoyt then conceived a child who is now 11/2 years old, police said.

Police said Hoyt told the the boy to lie to authorities when questioned about their relationship and deny the child was his.

Hoyt also was charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault and corruption of minors.

She was arraigned by District Judge Mary Ann Zanghi of Vinco and released on $20,000 unsecured bond. Charges were filed by Juvenile Officer Julie Wagner.

Police began an investigation last week after they were contacted by Cambria County Children and Youth Services. The boy and his mother spoke with police on Friday.

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