In a disturbing case that has sent shockwaves through the U.S., a 37-year-old mother finds herself facing charges of indecency. Police arrested her in a highly unusual and unsettling circumstance: she was found naked with a missing 15-year-old boy, who also happens to be the twin brother of another young man she is accused of abusing.
The incident unfolded when law enforcement officers visited her residence in July, searching for the missing teenager. What occurred next paints a disturbing picture of alleged misconduct and manipulation, leading to charges that could result in a lengthy prison sentence.
A 37-year-old mother Ashleigh W. has been charged with indecency this week, following an incident involving a missing 15-year-old boy, and allegations of abuse against his twin brother.
Ashleigh came under police scrutiny when authorities visited her residence in July to search for the missing teenager. During their visit, she asked them to wait outside while she let her dogs out and put on a bra. She returned several minutes later but her dogs weren’t with her and allowed officers to enter the residence.
“As officers removed the mattress in an upstairs bedroom, they were able to see a white male juvenile hiding in a small space that was only wearing boxer briefs.
“When asked by officers if he was [the runaway boy], he advised he was and presented his Learner’s Permit.”
Initially, Ashleigh faced charges related to contributing to the delinquency of a minor. However, her charges were subsequently updated to include three counts of indecency with a minor, reflecting the troubling relationships she is accused of having maintained with the teenagers.
According to court documents, the twins were neighbors and friends of Ashleigh’s own son, who was of a similar age. It is believed that Ashleigh began engaging in inappropriate conduct with the twins over a year before her arrest.
The investigation into Ashleigh began when an anonymous tipster reported suspicions of a se-ual relationship between Ashleigh and the boys in February. In the same month, Ashleigh’s husband arrived home around 2 a.m. to find her topless on the couch with one of the teenage boys, who appeared to be pretending to be asleep. The boy later explained that he had gone to Ashleigh’s home to smoke marijuana and had fallen asleep on the couch.
The two families had a close friendship and an open-door policy between their homes. However, behind closed doors, Ashleigh allegedly se-ually and emotionally manipulated the teenagers, with one of the boys confiding the sick abuse to another neighbor. According to police reports, the boy revealed that he had been involved with Ashleigh since June 2022 and that they planned to marry when he turned seventeen and after she divorced her husband.
After the alleged 13-month relationship came to light, one of the teens ran away from home and was found hiding in Ashleigh’s bedroom three weeks later. His brother disclosed that Ashleigh had invited him over to smoke marijuana and had given him her underwear. He also claimed that she had touched him inappropriately, despite his protests.
The teenagers’ parents and Ashleigh’s husband filed protective orders against her. Incriminating evidence, including large sums of cash, marijuana, and a prepaid cellphone, was reportedly found after her arrest.
If convicted, Ashleigh could face a sentence of up to 30 years in prison.