A woman in California who had sex with two underage boyfriends of her own daughters was sentenced to four years in prison on Tuesday.
Coral Lytle of Tulare County, age 42, will have to register as a sex offender for life after she had sex with two boys, ages 14 and 15, whom she met via youth groups and high school activities her daughters attended.
The Fresno Bee reports that Lytle's crimes took place between September and October of 2017. She was facing 21 felony counts including unlawful sexual intercourse and contacting a minor for sex. She faced the possibility of up to 17 years in prison had she gone through with a trial. Instead, Lytle plead guilty.
At the sentencing, several family members of the unidentified victims read statements to Lytle. “Your name will always be equated with being a sex offender and rapist because that is what now defines you,” a mother shared.
“My son was manipulated by a pedophile who has changed his life forever,” a father added, telling the story of how his life crossed paths with Lytle's. He said their children met via a church group and their families vacationed together at one point. He discovered Lytle was sending her son inappopriate texts and confronted her about it, believing that was the end of it. That illusion was shattered when he was contacted by local police.
“Her going off to prison can’t change the damage she has done to my son,” one father said. “But watching her get handcuffed is going to put a smile on my face.”
Tulare County District Attorney Tim Ward weighed in on the gravity of Lytle's crimes, noting that the response to the story of an older woman molesting two boys was upsetting.
“Coral Lytle is a predator and this office was prepared for years to tell that to a jury. While I am grateful that she will serve prison time and have to register as a sex offender, the sentence doesn’t reflect the lifetime impact she made on her victims,” Ward said. “This case is not a joke, and our office is appalled by some of the social media comments. These are real victims who have to deal with the real consequences of Coral Lytle’s crimes. There is no place for these types of victim-shaming comments in today’s society.”