Teens say women offered booze, sex at house near Lake Worth

By Leon Fooksman
Staff Writer
Posted June 6 2003

Amy Duane's house was known for years by neighborhood kids as the place to get sex and alcohol, the youths told police.

Boys and girls interviewed by the Sheriff's Office said they went to her home in a neighborhood west of Lake Worth on days when her husband was working as a firefighter, according to court documents released Thursday. There, they say, they drank whiskey and beer, smoked cigarettes and watched movies. Several boys said they had sex with Duane, 37, or her friend, Debra Favre, 38.

Investigators questioned more than a dozen boys and girls, records show.

Duane, a data-entry processor at Discovery Key Elementary School west of Lake Worth, was arrested last month on charges of lewd acts on a child under 16 and providing alcohol to a minor. Favre, who has worked as a Girl Scouts' registrar, was charged with one count of sexual activity with a minor and two counts of providing alcohol to persons under 21.

Duane and Favre admitted to police they each had sex with at least one boy and sometimes bought alcohol for the youths, court records show.

Duane acknowledged that for years her Pinion Drive home was a gathering place for boys and girls ages 12 to 16. She told police that the youths got whiskey and beer from her cabinets.

Asked by police if the kids were doing anything inappropriate, Duane said, "They're not 8. So I don't have to look over them."

Duane said she had intercourse one time with a 13-year-old boy whom she loved.

She said it happened while her three children were home and in their beds.

Favre told investigators she had sex one time with a 16-year-old boy after giving him an alcoholic drink. Asked by police what happened after the incident, she said, "I had a funny look on my face," meaning the affair should not have happened.

One youth who frequented Duane's house told police that it was a place where "everyone drinks." Another of the children said everyone knew Duane's husband's work schedule and knew when to come to the house.

After both women were released from the Palm Beach County Jail on $15,000 bail, a judge ordered them not to have contact with the children connected to the case. Duane was ordered to have only supervised contact with her children. School officials have reassigned Duane.

A 14-year-old boy also has been charged with obstruction of justice in connection with the case. Attorneys for Duane and Favre could not be reached for comment late Thursday.

Leon Fooksman can be reached at lfooksman@sun-sentinel.com or 561-243-6647.