KANAB, Utah – A 47-year-old Wendy’s manager has pleaded guilty to having sex with a 16-year-old boy who was also an employee at the time.
Shalene May Lathim of Fredonia, Arizona, was arrested back on April 22 on two counts of felony forcible sodomy, a count of felony rape and for dealing in harmful material to a minor.
Court documents state Lathim and the 16-year-old boy started texting which then evolved into “sexting.”
The St. George News reported the pair then met up on two occasions and engaged in sexual activities in Lathim’s car near the Wendy’s.
On April 21, officials said an anonymous tipster told Kanab Police Lathim sent a nude photo of herself to the teen on Snapchat.
Documents state the teen texted the picture, which showed Lathim topless, to the tipster’s phone.
The anonymous source told authorities Lathim and the teen had oral sex twice and intercourse one time.
The Department of Child and Family Services interviewed the teen and learned he and Lathim had exchanged several nude photos and videos, one which includes Lathim masturbating.
Lathim was later arrested and released on a $20,000 bond April 27.
Officials reached a plea agreement July 23 where Lathim pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful sexual conduct with a 16- or 17-year-old, amended from a first-degree felony to a third-degree felony, and one count of dealing in materials harmful to a minor, a third-degree felony.
The court dismissed the two first-degree felony forcible sodomy charges without prejudice.
The court has ordered Lathim to have no contact with the teen, either directly or indirectly.
She is to have no unsupervised contact with minors, other than her own minor children and grandchildren.
Lathim was also order to undergo a psychosexual assessment and, if the therapist recommends it, a subsequent sexual evaluation.
She is due in court for sentencing Oct. 15.