Picnic passion mother faces adultery charge
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