DECATUR – A Decatur woman is facing charges that she sexually abused a 16-year-old boy while she was a guest in his home.

Rebecca M. Wilhelm, 28, is being held at the Macon County Jail and appeared in Macon County Circuit Court on Wednesday where her lawyer, chief public defender Rodney Forbes, asked for the case to be continued. Wilhelm had been formally arraigned June 13 on three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Forbes could not be reached for comment later Wednesday. Wilhelm has not yet entered a plea to the charges.

A sworn affidavit by Detective Jamie Wrigley said the victim's mother had filed a report alleging the abuse on April 23, the day after she said her son had told her he “was raped” by Wilhelm who had been staying at the family home.

Wrigley said the boy had later been interviewed and said he had stayed up until the early morning hours in his upstairs bedroom to watch a movie with Wilhelm. “He described Rebecca pushing him down on the bed and ripping his loose-fitting pants and underwear off ... he advised when Rebecca pushed him down it caused some scratches to his side,” Wrigley said.

Wilhelm is then said to have forced herself on the boy to have intercourse with him. The boy showed police bite marks on his chest which he said were inflicted by Wilhelm.

“(He) was asked how he was not able to get Rebecca off of him due to him appearing to be able to overpower her,” Wrigley said in the affidavit. “(He) stated he does not have much muscle mass and would not hit a girl.”

Wrigley wrote that Wilhelm initially denied having “any sort of sexual encounter” with the boy. Later, the affidavit said, she admitted performing a sex act on him but continued to deny they had intercourse.

“It should be noted: During the interview Rebecca commented on how she believed (the boy) was 15 years of age even though he was 16 years of age,” Wrigley added.

Wilhelm will remain jailed unless she can post $75,000 bond. If she makes bail, she has been ordered to stay away from the boy. She is due in court again for a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

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