Karen Lee Carstens, of Riva, Maryland, is charged with sexual assault of a child under 17. According to court documents, Carstens was a friend of the victim's mother when she lived in the Houston area back when the alleged incidents occurred. The victim told police that Carstens began sexually assaulting him beginning at age 13 until he was 15.
Court documents state that Carstens, who is now 41, sexually assaulted the boy in the year 2007. Two years later, the boy says Carstens was caring for him while his mother was in and out of the hospital and that he had sex with Carstens during that time.
Police say the victim said Carstens told him not to tell anyone about their sexual relationship because she could get into trouble. He said the relationship ended when Carstens moved out of state in 2009.
Bond is set at $30,000.