Grown Woman Dresses As Boy To Date Teenage Girls

A thirty-one-year-old woman who dressed as a teenage boy pleaded guilty to sexual imposition, attempted sexual imposition and contributing to the delinquency of a minor yesterday after admitting that she used the disguse to try to have sex with a teenage girl.† The woman, Patricia Dye, is extremely petite and cut her hair short so as to look more androgynous.† She was arrested at the end of June after her 16-year-old “girlfriend” fled the hotel room where they were staying, and sentenced to six months in jail.† She’ll also have to register as a sex offender.

This of course raises the question: would Dye be receiving such a light sentence if she were a man?† Writing on Jezebel, Anna North points out that in Ohio, where the crime took place, the age of consent is 16, so statutory rape was not on the table.†

Sexual imposition, the crime with which Dye was charged, is defined as when “the offender knows that the other person’s, or one of the other person’s, ability to appraise the nature of or control the offender’s or touching person’s conduct is substantially impaired.”† Clearly, this was the case, but as North points out, sexual imposition is a misdemeanor, not a felony, so the sentence is relatively light.

The victim was clearly traumatized by the event.† In a statement read by the prosecutor, she explained, “Iím even scared to walk my dog.† I used to trust people. Now I donít.”† And police say that Dye “fooled around” and dated at least two teenage girls, although the charges were filed in connection with just one.†

I do think it’s important, though, to think about whether we take sex crimes by women less seriously than sex crimes committed by men.† Here, it seems as though it would have been hard to charge Dye with a more severe crime, but her sentence seems alarmingly light (although as many have recently discussed, being added to a sex offender registry can be an astonishingly harsh punishment).†

What do you think?† Should Dye have been given a longer sentence – and what does this say about the way that we deal with sex crimes more generally?

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jane richmond
jane richmond5 years ago


Allan Y.
.5 years ago

What a disturbing article...

Patty Winter
Patty Winter5 years ago

I find these articles put me in a negative mood. We all know there are predators out there, but being inundated by news of such things does not make the problem go away, it actually perpetuates it. We need to give our focus and attention to positive things and we will get more of those in our experience.

Lika S.
Lika S.5 years ago

She is no less a sex predator than those men who do the same type of thing. What's worse, is that these girls thought they were going with a boy. Then to find out that she is a woman, is scarring to the girl, since it would then be an act of lesbianism. I would never terrorize LGTB people by forcing sex on them from whom they don't want to be with. It's just as bad, if not worse, to put this on our youth.

Please sign the April's Law petitions to ensure that child sex predators should be put behind bars for a minimum sentence rather than get a slap on the hand.

Federal petition:

State Petition:

Manuela C.
Manuela C.5 years ago

There is seriously sick people out there...

Debra Van Way
Debra Van Way5 years ago

What the woman did was wrong and in my opinion a 16 year old is still a child. She is a 31 year old predatory sex offender. She disguised herself as a teenage boy knowing a teenage girl cold be easy prey. The fact she used a disguise pretty much admits to criminal intent.

Gita Sasi Dharan
Gita Sasi Dharan5 years ago

Sick mind!

Marti R.
Marti A.5 years ago

It's very disturbing.

Jennifer Martin
Jennifer M.5 years ago

At least she has to register. That's pretty much a jail sentence for life! I have a friend who was 19 dating a 17 year old. Her parents didn't approve. They had him arrested. He's now a registered sex offender for sleeping with his girlfriend of over a year. His life is ruined. So, I think it's a pretty harsh punishment.

Anja N.
Justin R.5 years ago

Very disturbing.

She also should undergo a medical examination, perhaps she has on abnormal high level of testosterone.