Pic­nic pas­sion mother faces adul­tery charge

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A MOTHER of three has be­come one of the first peo­ple in the United States to be charged with adul­tery.

Suzanne Corona was pros­e­cuted un­der the rarely used law af­ter she was caught ap­par­ently hav­ing sex with her young lover.

The 41-year-old had been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of hav­ing sex on a pic­nic ta­ble in a New York park.

The pair were charged with pub­lic lewd­ness but Corona was hit with an ad­di­tional charge of adul­tery be­cause the ar­rest­ing of­fi­cer said he knew she was mar­ried.

Her lover, 29-year-old Justin Amend, was not charged with adul­tery be­cause he said he did not know Corona was mar­ried.

Un­der a law en­acted dur­ing the early 1900s, adul­tery was a crim­i­nal of­fence pun­ish­able by a prison sen­tence. The law has rarely been used but re­mains on the statute books of ten U.S. states. It is now con­sid­ered a Class B mis­de­meanour and is pun­ish­able by a £350 fine.

Le­gal ex­perts said Corona was only the 13th per­son in New York in the past 40 years to be charged with adul­tery.

The in­ci­dent took place in the small town of Batavia, in up­state New York.

Corona and Amend were spot­ted by po­lice sit­ting on a pic­nic ta­ble in full view of adults and chil­dren in the park.

When of­fi­cer Matthew Bald­win ap­proached the cou­ple, they in­sisted they were ‘just talk­ing’. Corona was fully clothed but Amend’s shirt was off and his trousers were un­but­toned as Corona sat on his lap.

Ge­ne­see County District At­tor­ney Lawrence Fried­man said: ‘It’s quite rare. I’ve been in the of­fice for 28 years and I re­call one other time that we pros­e­cuted some­body for adul­tery.’

Corona was full of apolo­gies af­ter her ar­rest. She said she was no longer hav­ing sex with her hus­band and had been drunk. She said: ‘One thing led to an­other and this is what ended up hap­pen­ing.

‘I feel ter­ri­ble, es­pe­cially for my fam­ily. It’s an em­bar­rass­ment for my fam­ily. It just hap­pened. There was no rea­son for it.’

Corona de­nied they were hav­ing sex and said they had cho­sen a pic­nic ta­ble out of the view of oth­ers in the park.

Pub­lic lewd­ness: Amend and Corona

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