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April 2, 2014

Woman charged in hotel tryst with student

Mom faces at least 10 years if convicted

MIDDLETON — A married mother of two admitted to police that she took a 15-year-old middle school student to a hotel and had sex with him there last month, a prosecutor said in court yesterday.

Though she allegedly confessed to investigators, Heather Salines, 38, of Saugus pleaded not guilty to a charge of aggravated child rape during her arraignment yesterday morning in Salem District Court.

Salines, who had come to court with an attorney after learning of an arrest warrant, was briefly taken into custody in the courtroom, after Judge Michael Lauranzano set bail at $7,500 cash. She was released an hour later after her father posted the bail.

Prosecutor Kate MacDougall called the boy “vulnerable” because his own mother had died and he had come to see Salines as a “mother figure.”

MacDougall told the judge the case came to light after administrators at a Saugus middle school learned that the boy, “barely 15,” according to the prosecutor, had been showing another student naked photos of Salines on his cellphone.

That afternoon, Salines showed up at the school looking for the boy. She eventually agreed to speak to police, first in Saugus and then in Danvers, where part of the hotel is located. (The case was later taken over by Middleton police after it was determined that the room Salines had rented is actually in that town.)

During an interview with Danvers police, Salines said she had known the boy for a couple of months through her 13-year-old daughter, and she claimed that she had become like a mother to him. Though the boy had a legal guardian, his aunt, Salines had been picking him up at school.

“She said that he would text her if he did good on a test and said it was like she was his mother and that she would try to be there for him,” police wrote in their report.

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