Woman sent to prison for having sex with ward of the state

Hanna Dickerson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Iowa woman accused of having sex with a teenage boy staying at the Child Saving Institute shelter in Omaha has been sent to prison.

Douglas County District Court records say 24-year-old Hanna Dickerson was sentenced Tuesday to two years. She'd pleaded guilty to attempted sexual abuse of a protected person. Prosecutors lowered the charge in exchange for her plea.

The records say Dickerson lives in Neola, Iowa.

The 17-year-old boy was a ward of the state who told investigators that he and Dickerson engaged in sex several times in July and August 2017. Her job at the institute was to supervise wards of the state, sometimes overnight.

The institute specializes in adoptions, emergency foster care and family therapy.