NOTE FROM Ann Blake-Tracy:
connect the dots back to medication. She thought it was the anti-anxiety drugs
without knowing that it is rare for one of these cases not to involve an
antidepressant, not an anti-anxiety med, even though they would certainly
contribute as well. But antidepressants are notorious for producing
toxic manic reactions. One of those types of mania is
ever going to learn that they cannot do that without expecting toxic
Park St., Grove City, told Common Pleas Judge John C. Reed that a Grove
City psychiatrist had prescribed her four separate anti-anxiety
medications and two anti-depressants, all of which she
was to take daily.”
Paragraph 5 reads: “Defense attorney Veronica
Smith said prior to Mrs. Woodley’s alleged over-medication, she had no prior record. She led a normal life as a wife, mother,
Published October 28, 2009 10:01 pm –
UPDATE: Woman blames drugs for sex with
By Matt Snyder
Herald Staff Writer
A former Pine Township woman facing felony
charges for having sex with a boy while he was 14 and she was 32 blamed her
actions on judgment clouded by taking multiple anti-anxiety
Tammy Lynn Woodley, 33, of 228 Park St., Grove City, told
Common Pleas Judge John C. Reed that a Grove City psychiatrist had prescribed
her four separate anti-anxiety medications and two anti-depressants, all of
which she was to take daily.
“So, essentially the main responsibility for
this is the medication, not you?” asked a somewhat incredulous Miles K. Karson
Jr., assistant district attorney.
“Essentially, yes,” Woodley replied.
She said she does not think she ever would have slept with the boy or been
involved in other petty criminal cases if not for the meds. “My mind was not
clear,” she said.
Defense attorney Veronica Smith said prior to Mrs.
Woodley’s alleged over-medication, she had no prior record. She led a normal
life as a wife, mother, and worker.
Reed sentenced Ms. Woodley to 6 to 12
months, just under the standard range for statutory sexual assault and unlawful
contact with a minor. She will be paroled after six months, he said, if she
behaves herself in Mercer County Jail.
Mrs. Woodley will also be on
probation for 16 years and must register as a Megan’s Law sex
According to police, Mrs. Woodley and the boy, who is now 15,
knew each other through a relative. She started picking him up after school in
September of 2008, and went for rides or walks in the park. Her husband once
said the two acted like “two teenagers in love.”
Mrs. Woodley said things
got out of hand Oct. 27, 2008, and she had sex with the boy against her better
“After it was all done, remorse set in and I realized what had
just happened. After that I took him home,” she said.
The boy’s father
told police the next day that Mrs. Woodley had seduced his son. Both parents
attended Mrs. Woodley’s sentencing. They did not speak, but Karson said they
wanted to show their continued desire for a prosecution.
The boy told
police he and Mrs. Woodley kissed and talked about getting serious, but both
acknowledged their age difference.
After charges were filed, Mrs. Woodley
sent a letter to the boy while he was on the school bus through her 8-year–old
son. Charges of intimidating witnesses and corruption of minors were dropped in
that case as part of her plea.
Mrs. Woodley said she had sent the letter
because she wanted to know how he was doing. She said she’d sent him letters
through her son in the past.
As part of her probation, Mrs. Woodley will
not be allowed contact with underage children besides her own, unless a
responsible adult is present to supervise.