A Fountain Valley woman pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of having sex with her son's 12-year-old friend, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.
Patricia Ann Serrano, 43, is charged with three felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14, with sentencing enhancement for substantial sexual conduct with a child. She faces a maximum of 12 years in prison if convicted.
Serrano's pretrial is scheduled Dec. 2. She posted $100,000 bail Monday and is now out of custody, said Orange County district attorney spokeswoman Farrah Emami.
Serrano allegedly had sex twice in October with her son's friend, once in her home and once in a car, prosecutors said. Serrano allegedly also kissed the boy in a locked room.
The boy's mother contacted police after she found her son in a room with Serrano and became suspicious of their relationship, although she didn't observe any sexual contact, according to a release from the district attorney's office.
Serrano was arrested Nov. 1 following an investigation by the Fountain Valley Police Department.
Anyone who has additional information or thinks he or she might have been a victim of Serrano is encouraged to contact supervising district attorney Investigator Lou Gutierrez at (714) 347-8794 or Fountain Valley Police Department Det. Jesse Hughes at (714) 593-4480.