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RYAN MAYE HANDY AND JAKOB RODGERS Updated: October 5, 2011 at 12:00 am

A former Ellicott school board member accused of "sexting" a 14-year-old boy was charged Wednesday with two counts of Internet luring of a child.

Stefanie Dickinson was arrested Sept. 18 after El Paso County sheriff’s detectives found sexually suggestive text messages she allegedly sent to her son's friend.

The text messages were discovered by the boy's sister, who became suspicious about the relationship after she saw Dickinson talking to her brother and hugging him.

Dickinson, a 37-year-old married mother of two, did not speak at Wednesday's hearing. She left the court with family and friends who had filled a row in the courtroom.

Dickinson had been treasurer of the Ellicott School District 22 board until her resignation a few days after she was arrested.

She remains free on $3,000 bail until her next court appearance Nov. 9. If convicted of the Class 4 felony, she would face an indeterminate sentence, which can hold sex offenders in prison for life.

Dickinson is accused of sending the texts after the boy accompanied Dickinson's family on a trip to Lake Meredith near Ordway in mid- to late August.

During the trip, Dickinson asked the boy for his cell phone number so that she could text him pictures of the trip, according to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office arrest warrant.

In text messages later found by a deputy, Dickinson appeared to be offering to meet the boy to have sex with him.

"I just want u," one read, while another said, "Baby, I will rock ur effing world!! HaHa," the warrant stated.

The boy told deputies Dickinson often met him at football practices and she “would always tell me I have a sexy smile,” according to the warrant. The boy denied that Dickinson asked him to meet her so they could have sex.

Deputies said in the warrant that one text warned the boy not to tell anyone else about the messages: "You can't tell anyone about this at all because I could lose my family."

It is unknown if the boy attends an Ellicott District school.


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