Amendment decision granted to women who admit to having sex with minors


May 23-Anderson-Four years after a woman was sentenced to 10 years in prison for having sex with a minor, her sentence was amended.

Elizabeth Ann Raison, 54, has admitted to having sex with a 15-year-old boy in 2015 and 2016 in a judicial transaction.

Judge Thomas Newman, Jr. of the Madison Circuit Court, said in 2017 that there were two levels of sexual offenses with minors, Level 4 felony counts and Level 6 of sexual offenses with minors. He sentenced Rayson to a year’s sentence.

Newman then retired from the judiciary bench, and Judge Mark Dudley of the Madison Circuit Court agreed to amend Rayson’s decision at a hearing on Friday.

The rest of the raison’s ruling has been changed to probation only, but she has to complete the sex offender’s requirements and has no contact with the victim.

“I don’t know what happened in 2017. I checked the file, but I still don’t know exactly what happened,” Dudley said in a hearing. “I didn’t hear the decision. I didn’t think I had the right to do it, so I didn’t. I understand the nature of the crime that happened.

“I’m a simple kind of man. Without knowing more than I know, the original crime shouted for a counsel decision.”

Dudley said there were no aggravating factors he was aware of resulting in Raison being sentenced to the maximum time sentence allowed in her judicial transaction. Dudley said this was Raison’s first offense and required imprisonment, but a six-year imprisonment was appropriate and would have been released in August 2021.

“We’re not there, but it’s pretty close,” Dudley said in a hearing.

Rayson read the statement at a hearing before her decision was amended.

“For a million years, I never thought I would make so many wrong choices in my life and hurt the victim’s family and people close to me,” she said. “My mistakes and misjudgments have caused incredible pain and suffering for many. I would like to sincerely state that I have no malice or malice.”

Dudley asked court officials if the victim had been notified of the amendment hearing, and Madison County Deputy Prosecutor John McKay felt the victim was notified and the victim was a little too early to release Rayson. Said he had an “open mind” regarding the fix.

The probable cause affidavit of the case stated that Rayson had sexual intercourse with the then 15-year-old at Pendleton’s residence in April 2015 and again at Anderson’s residence in January 2016.

The teenager told police that after the 2015 incident, Rayson sent several text messages, including nude photos of the bathtub.

Rayson reportedly told the boy after the 2016 incident, “She didn’t want to go to the news, so don’t tell anyone what they did.”

Raison is a former associate nurse and the application for state renewal was rejected by the Indiana Nursing Commission after her imprisonment.

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