“I can’t say I’ve ever seen a case like this where an adoption occurred and sex occurred shortly thereafter,” said Florida State Attorney Bill Bishop Thursday. “There have been cases of older women having sex with young boys across the country, but this is the first I’ve ever seen.”
Myres had previously entered a plea of no contest to the charge on Dec. 11. She was also designated a sexual offender as a result of her conviction and will have to register as such for the rest of her life.
Upon her release from prison, she will be placed on sex offender probation for four years and have to complete sex offender counseling. She also can have no contact with the victim or any minors.
“Our office recommended a sentence of eight years followed by probation,” Bishop said. “Ultimately, it was up to the court and that was the sentencing imposed by Judge Jeff Brown. I think based on the facts and circumstances, it was an appropriate sentencing.”
Following the arrest, the boy told deputies he did not believe his sex with Myres was wrong because “he was not being raped and was about to be 18.”
Myres, who in 2015 earned a degree in criminal justice from the University of West Florida, had been employed by the Families First Network for about two-and-a-half years, according to a June statement from Tish Pennewill, a spokeswoman for the Lakeview Center of Baptist Hospital, which oversees the Families First Network.
Pennewill did say there were “no red flags” from Myres that indicated unexpected behavior.
“We have a culture that dictates rigorous requirements for having good people, people with the heart to do the type of service we do,” Pennewill said to the Daily News in June.
Myres was fired immediately after Families First Network officials learned of her arrest, she added. Her access to company buildings and equipment was removed.
Myres had been divorced from her husband for nine days when she was arrested. The couple sought dissolution of the marriage in April.