LOS GATOS (KCBS) – A 17-year-old former Los Gatos High School student revealed in testimony Wednesday that he had sex with the mother of his best friend at least 30 to 40 times, much more than he had disclosed to police investigators.

The victim, identified in court as Matthew, testified that he was embarrassed to disclose the full extent of his relationship with 48-year-old Sara Cole and wanted to protect her.

The boy originally told detectives he had sex with her only three or four times. In his testimony, Matthew also admitted to stealing money from Cole, as well as his parents and sister, to buy marijuana. He is now enrolled in a Montana boarding school where he also receives psychological counseling.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

Cole is facing three felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and a misdemeanor count of annoying or molesting a child, said prosecutor Timothy Moore.

“The information alleges that the acts occurred beginning as early as April of 2010 and extending through July 15 of 2010,” Moore said.

The boy testified that some of the incidents occurred at Cole’s home while one of her sons was in another room. His parents learned of the relationship when they discovered sexually explicit text messages allegedly from Cole on his cell phone.

She has pleaded not guilty to the charges, instead characterizing her encounters with the boy as “intimate relations” rather than intercourse. The charges carry a sentence of as much as 4½ years in state prison.

Jurors will not be allowed to learn that Cole was nearly killed by a drunken driver three years earlier in 2007, an incident that led to an outpouring of community support.

Defense attorneys would not comment for this story, but Cole, free on $30,000 bail, is expected to testify in her own defense.

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Comments (44)
  1. Dany says:

    Oh Please!!!!!!

  2. Patty Cakes says:

    “The charges carry a sentence of as much as 4½ years in state prison.” – REALLY! As a man, I bet I would have gotten at least 25 to life.

    1. BC says:

      No you wouldn’t, my next door neighbor only did a year and a half for statutory rape with a 17 year old girl. It all depends on the age of the victim.

  3. LilRooster says:

    That’s some cougar!

  4. RealityCheck says:

    She looks a little crazy but also kinda hot for a 48 year old. Do these people not realize this is every teenager’s dream! Lucky kid, I wish I had a cougar when I was a teen.

    1. flashman1854 says:

      I agree.

      Man, this kid does have psych problems, for opening his big mouth and ruining the good thing he had going. Jez!

      This is every teenage boys dream.

  5. desadiste says:

    “The victim”…yeah, sure.

  6. all_men says:

    any teenagers dream

    1. taxThechurchesnow says:

      No not really. I would have been interested in the father. Wonder how that would have turned out in court?

      1. Callaspade Aspade says:

        He meant healthy teenage mail.

  7. Morgan says:

    keep he and Hummer mom from Livermore away from each other-they both look alike-blonde and stupid

  8. Paul says:

    Didn’t the sex become known because the parents illegally read their sons’ text messages? Shouldn’t the case have been thrown out of court for being based on illegally obtained evidence?

    1. Ziegler says:

      As a Parent I can say you are absolutely wrong. Illegal search and siezure applies to the government. Parents have a right and duty to invade the privacy of their children. All 4 of my boys know that, and I’d treat any female with the same lead infusion I would a male for seducing any of them.

      1. ma says:

        Good Job, Agree!!

    2. SpikeVFR says:

      1) parents can’t “illegally” read their *minor* child’s texts
      2) he wasn’t charged with a crime, so even if they had read his texts illegally, he is the victim, not the perp. Different rules apply
      3) It is very likely, although not certain, that the cell phone and or the monthly bill was paid for by the parents, if they paid the bill, even if 1 & 2 didn’t apply, the account is theirs to access

      4) as already pointed out, the 4th applies to the government and nor a reasonably suspicious parent

    3. Robert says:

      No, you idiot. The kid is a minor. The parents can search through anything they want and I say kudos to them for uncovering this demented arrangement. What are you 12 years old?

  9. rufus levin says:


    1. SpikeVFR says:

      the major difference being that the Dustin Hoffman character was an adult, likely around the age of 22

      that lady is no Anne Bancroft!

      that movie is what? 40 odd years old? the mores and norms of society change over time. We are supposed to grow and learn over time.

  10. HooDatIS? says:

    she shouldnt got to jail for nailing a guy
    she did the right thing
    just kidding
    she is nasty

  11. Mipsy97 says:

    Gosh that is so dumb, that boy wanted to have sex with her, so why should that lady be in trouble? And that boy stole her money so he should be the one in trouble, its so mean to steal from your friends 😦 I am 14 and I would rather date someone who is 26 or older than someone who is 14 15 16 17 18 19 any day. People in high school are so gross and mean and stupid…

    1. Marbran says:

      Well, you’d better not until you are 18, unless you want the guy to go prison for years and be a registered sex offender for life.

    2. Robert says:

      Where are your parents? Did they not teach you that it’s both illegal and morally wrong for an adult to have sex with a minor? I predict a very bleak future for you if that’s what you’re being taught.

  12. Kevin Wallis says:

    what law is this? “annoying or molesting a child” its either one or the other…. The molesting i understand, but annoying? Hell what good is it to have kids if you cant annoy them…hahaha

  13. yiddishlion says:

    I thought that behavior was a prerequisite to becoming Californian?…..

  14. LeanTallCool says:

    At least in Ca its not a prereq to be related.

    1. Robert says:

      No, not a prerequisite, but highly encouraged.

  15. badromancebook.yolasite.com says:

    If you think this is an interesting story, then go to badromancebook.yolasite.com

  16. Ted Hughes says:

    California… why don’t you catch up with the majority of the USA? Move your age of consent law to 16. There is no reason on Earth why this should even be a crime…he is 17…he can enlist in the military (with permission) and slice people’s throats in combat. Why do you think someone 16 or 17 is too immature to decide if they want to have sex or not?

    1. Robert says:

      Because they ARE too immature to decide. End of story.

  17. Jacapone says:

    What 17 y.o. kid would think of himself as a victim? For that matter, what would any guy under 50 think of such a predicament? Lucky! Over 60; maybe the woman was too young.

    1. Gary Wilson says:

      I have a friend…..ah humm!!! Who was 16 and his buddy’s Mom was 32. That went on for about 5 months until my friends parents discovered the relationship and stopped it…..Was my friend a victim? Nope, not according to him…….by his account it was like winning a free course for learning a new foreign language by full immersion from a patient and wonderful educator. I say, let her go.

      1. Robert says:

        Therein lies the problem. Your 16 y.o. friend is not mentally or emotionally mature enough to decide what is or isn’t good for him, so you can’t consider his word on the subject. That’s why laws are written they way they are. Stop trying to rationalize this illegal and deviant activity.

      2. Gabe says:

        Robert, what makes you think that just because a law says that the legal age is 18, one cannot be considered mature enough until they reach that age? People are different, you know, and develop differently. Some people mature at an early age, while others are late bloomers. I personally have a problem with some of the laws in the US. I find it absolutely infuriating that I cannot go into a bar to watch a PPV even just because I am not 21. I’m not there to drink, and honestly, I can handle alcohol better than a lot of people who are over 21! People have different mindsets, so I don’t think it’s fair for you to say that a 16 year old is immature. I’ve been deciding what is or is not good for me since before I was 16, and I’ve turned out fine — my maturity is lightyears beyond other kids my age. Why? Because I haven’t been sheltered.

  18. new guy says:

    no i would not hit that

  19. old guy says:

    How opened their mouth first……no one can keep a secret.anymore.

  20. jim says:

    17? victim? come on
    in another year he will be able to go over seas and shoot at brown people all in the name of truth , justice and the american way.

    30-40 times does not constitute a victim here.

    1. Robert says:

      Rationalizations, anyone? Give me a break. The number of times isn’t relevant to this issue. She is of majority age. He is not. Period, case closed.

  21. Ancient Pollyanna says:

    The kid is in counseling in a boarding school IN Montana for doing what any 17-year-old young man would do if he were NORMAL???

    1. Robert says:

      Normal? Hardly. His pot smoking and fornicating aside, I would bet money this kid has much deeper problems than is being discussed here. This last debacle with this woman was merely the straw that broke the camel’s back.

  22. Juan Tomatoe says:

    I’m bothered by all the “every teenagers dream” comments that excuse her behavor. Maybe this kid was into it (superficially), but he is going to be permanently scarred by this prolonged abuse. It will damage his ability to properly relate to women, especially his future wife. It will damage his self-image and could lead him to deliberately engage in wreckless promiscuity as a manifestation of his diminshed sense of self worth. He was made into a sex object, by a significantly older person that was able to manipulate his feelings and exploit his adolescent horniness, and this will haunt him for a long time. It will also cause him to view others as sex objects, not as whole people. I hope this boy finds healing, and that she finds healing in addition to criminal justice.

  23. David says:

    Having been a teenage boy once, I can attest that it is NOT every teenage boy’s dream to have sex with a 48 year-old woman. Maybe a 28 year-old, or a 38 year-old if she looked 28, but 48 isn’t even MILF status anymore, that’s more like GILF status.

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