Jackson County AL March 15 2017 A pregnant Jackson County woman is charged with rape after signing up for Medicaid and listing a 14-year-old boy as the child's father, police said.
Mekenzie Leigh Guffey, 19, of Hollywood, admitted to having sex with the boy multiple times in her car in a remote area of the town, police Chief Jason Hepler said. Hollywood is a northeast Alabama town with about 1,000 residents.
"She was proud of him being the father until she found out we were going to become involved," Hepler said. "She told us she didn't count but it was more than a few times that they were together."
Guffey's relationship with the boy began in December after they were introduced through a mutual friend at McDonald's in Scottsboro, police said.
The Department of Human Resources and police began investigating Guffey after she applied for Medicaid this month and identified the boy as the baby's father, the chief said.
Guffey is charged with second-degree rape, second-degree sex abuse, enticing a child for immoral purposes, traveling to meet a child for an unlawful sex act, possession of child pornography and dissemination of child pornography. She was taken into custody on Friday.
The pornography charges resulted from a police review of her cellphone that yielded sexually explicit video and photos, including some Guffey sent to the boy.
Guffey was released from the Jackson County Jail today on $25,300 bail.
If convicted of the rape charge, which is a Class B felony, Guffey faces up to 20 years imprisonment. Guffey also would have to register as a sex offender if convicted.
Additional details weren't immediately available.