A Batavia, NY woman Suzanne Corona, 41 was charged with adultery and having sex in a public park with 29 year old Justin Amend on Friday June 4th at approximately 5:15pm.
Police said the act was “in full view of children playing and parents who were nearby.” Both were charged with public lewdness.
Corona, who is married, is now the 13th person in the state’s history to face the charge of adultery since 1972.
It’s a charge that all of our officers are aware of, but we don’t come across it very often,” Officer Eric Hill, a Batavia police spokesman, told the Democrat and Chronicle.
“It’s not very often you have people engaging in sexual activity in a park in broad daylight. This particular circumstance met all the criteria for the charge,” the officer said.
According the state penal law states, “A person is guilty of adultery when he engages in sexual intercourse with another person at a time when he has a living spouse, or the other person has a living spouse.”
Corona, who appeared in court but did not enter a plea, said she planned to fight the charge.
“I think the adultery charge is extremely unfair and uncalled for,” Corona told reporters. “My husband is standing beside me. He called the DA himself this morning and wants it dropped.”
Corona’s husband, Joseph, said he had forgiven his wife. “I wish that the charges were dropped so that we could resolve this as a man and wife, more of a private matter,” he said, according to a local website, The Batavian.
Amend was not charged with adultery because he was not aware Corona was married, police said.