Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

April 29, 2014
Woman faces charges for alleged sexual abuse

A Tooele woman who allegedly sexually abused an elderly woman in 2012 is facing court charges for the reported incident.

Tina Maestas, 43, was charged Friday with forcible sodomy, a first-degree felony; forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony; and abuse of a vulnerable adult, a class A misdemeanor.

According to court information filed by the Utah Attorney General’s Office, in August 2012, a 71-year-old Tooele woman and her grandson were looking for the woman’s lost dog and Maestas offered to help.

When they could not find the dog, Maestas took the woman home and allegedly offered the woman a sleeping pill or tranquilizer to help her relax, according to the information.

The woman told police Maestas, whom she had not met before, had forced her to take a pill.

Maestas helped the woman change into her pajamas and get into bed, then laid down by the woman and allegedly began to perform sexual acts on her, despite the woman’s protests. Afterwards, Maestas suggested the two go to her house for their next sexual encounter, the information states.

The woman went to Mountain West Medical Center for an examination and forensic evidence collection after Maestas left, according to the information. When interviewed by police, Maestas told police that she had cuddled the woman to help her calm down and relax after the trauma of losing her dog, but that she had not performed any sexual acts on the woman, the information states.

When told the woman had gotten a forensic examination and that the evidence would be tested for her DNA, Maestas said she did perform “a little bit” of a sexual act on the woman, but did not know why she had done it, according to the information.

In January of this year, the Utah State Crime Lab submitted test results of the forensic examination kit taken at the time of the incident, which corroborated the woman’s story, the information states.

Maestas’ first appearance in 3rd District Court had no yet been scheduled as of Tuesday. 

Lisa Christensen

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Lisa covers primarily crime and courts, military affairs, Stansbury Park government and transportation issues. She is a graduate of Utah State University, where she double-majored in journalism and music, and Grantsville High School.

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