New York Post, U.S.A., By LEONARD GREENE and DAN MANGAN, November 8, 2004
A 29-year-old Connecticut woman €” accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old boy for months €” says she considers the little neighbor her "boyfriend" and hopes to marry him someday, authorities said yesterday.
"I don't want anyone but you!" Tammy Imre allegedly wrote in a letter to the boy, who was a playmate of Imre's 7-year-old daughter.
"Now tomorrow it's supposed to rain, you can come over [and] we can (you know what)."
The Stratford woman's letter was discovered Sept. 21 by the boy's older brother, who gave it to their mother, authorities said. Their mom went to the police the next day.
"They [the letter's contents] were grown things that should not have been said to a little boy," the 8-year-old's mother told The Post yesterday. "My instincts were to go over and bust her door down."
Police arrested Imre on Friday at her Birch Drive home, which is just across the street from the boy's house.
A divorced blonde who works as a secretary and was once an aspiring actress, Imre is charged with two counts of sexual assault and one count of risk of injury to a minor for the alleged sex incidents. She faces more than 20 years in prison if convicted.
The case comes months after one of the nation's most infamous kiddie-sex offenders €” Mary Kay LeTourneau €” was released after prison for seducing a sixth-grade male student. She went on to have two children with the boy, who is now an adult.
Imre is scheduled to be arraigned today in Bridgeport court, and is being held on $100,000 bond.
Imre readily admitted to police that she had a long-term sexual relationship with the boy, the Connecticut Post reported.
Imre told police, "I can't give a number, but it was a lot," referring to the number of sexual encounters with the boy, according to the newspaper. At least one of those encounters reportedly was witnessed by Imre's 7-year-old daughter, who told police she had seen the boy and her mom doing "disgusting" things, the paper said.
The boy's mother told The New York Post that she believes Imre began having sex with her son about six months ago, when he was still 7 years old. Imre would have sex with him in her home, while her daughter was downstairs watching television, said the boy's mother.
"I didn't suspect anything," the mother said, adding that she and Imre used to walk each other's children to the school bus stop and that Imre and her daughter attended the boy's eighth birthday party in September. "She didn't only ruin my son's life, she ruined her daughter's," the mother said, noting that Imre's daughter has been taken away by a social services agency.