MIDDLETON — A married mother of two who told police “I lost myself” when she allegedly confessed to having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy pleaded not guilty to aggravated child rape charges yesterday.
Heather Salines, 38, of Saugus was first charged in April with taking the boy to DoubleTree Hotel on the Danvers-Middleton line in March.
A grand jury has since indicted Salines in connection with that incident and others that took place in Saugus, where the boy was a middle school student who was friends with Salines’ daughter.
During a brief appearance in Salem Superior Court yesterday, Salines pleaded not guilty to six counts of aggravated rape and abuse of a child, a charge of child enticement and a charge of disseminating obscene material to a minor. Each of the aggravated rape counts, which were based on the disparity between the ages of Salines and the boy, carries a 10-year minimum mandatory term.
The case came to light after school administrators in Saugus learned that the boy had shown another student nude photos that Salines had sent to the boy on his cellphone.
Salines later agreed to speak to police and allegedly confessed to a sexual relationship with the boy.
“She said they became close, and she developed feelings that she was not proud of,” according to a police report. “She said she tried to renege but that one thing led to another.”
“Things spiraled out of control,” she added, according to the report.
Prosecutor Kate MacDougall asked a judge to set the bail at $7,500, the same that was posted in April shortly after Salines’ initial arraignment in Salem District Court. Judge John Lu granted the request and also ordered Salines to have no contact with the boy or his family while the case is pending.
Salines, who was accompanied to court by her attorney, Will Korman, and a man Korman would identify only as “a family member,” “has the full support of her family,” said her lawyer outside court.
“We’re confident that at the end of the day, my client will no longer be the villain she’s been made out to be,” said Korman. “In this case, as in any case, there are two sides to every story.”
Salines is due back in court on July 15.
Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at email@example.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.