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Harford woman, 39, charged with unlawfully having sex with boy, 16, in Florida

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A Harford County woman was arrested last week for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old boy in Florida.

Lisa Elaine Carroll, 39, of the 500 block of Renee Drive in Joppa, is charged in Florida with nine felony counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor and one misdemeanor count of traveling to meet a minor, according to a news release from the Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack.

Carroll has been held since her arrest Thursday at the Harford County Detention Center in Bel Air, where she is awaiting an extradition hearing.

While 16 is the age of consent in Maryland, it is unlawful for a 16- or 17-year-old in Florida to engage in a sexual relationship with anyone over age 23, according to the state police news release.

"There is no indication at this point anything else happened with any other child," state police Trooper Michelle Workman said Tuesday.

The Harford County Child Advocacy Center was contacted March 28 by the Highlands County, Fla., Sheriff's Office to assist in the investigation of an adult woman who allegedly was sexually involved with a Florida minor, according to the news release.

The Florida minor, 16, told police he was involved in a sexual relationship with Carroll, whom he met in October while playing the online video game War 2 Glory.

Carroll and the juvenile male began communicating and their relationship continued via Skype, a service that allows users to communicate with peers by voice, video, and instant messaging over the Internet, according to the news release.

During an interview with members of the Harford County Child Advocacy Center, Carroll allegedly admitted to the sexual relationship with the victim.

Police said Carroll drove to Florida on two separate occasions, staying at area hotels during her consensual encounters with the victim. The first trip was in early 2012 and the second was in March.

Carroll told police she and the victim became engaged to be married in December 2011. Carroll is married, police said.

After the 16-year-old's parents discovered he was still having contact with Carroll despite being told not to, Workman said, they again told him to stop talking to her, at which point the 16-year-old threatened to commit suicide. During treatment at a Florida hospital, the 16-year-old disclosed the extent of the relationship.

Any inquiries to this case should be made to the Harford County Child Advocacy Center investigators at 410-638-4975.

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