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Updated Feb 25, 2013 - 12:41 pm

Phoenix woman pleads not guilty in teen sex case

PHOENIX -- A Phoenix woman accused of engaging in sex acts with teenage boys has pleaded not guilty.

Maricopa County prosecutors said 35-year-old Jennifer Dempsey entered her plea Monday.

Dempsey was arrested earlier this month on suspicion of several counts of sexual conduct with a minor and has also been accused, police said, of portraying herself online to at least two victims as a 16-year-old pregnant girl.

She's accused of contacting boys, 14-16 years old, through Facebook and then meeting them for sex acts.

They also said Dempsey convinced her family that she had cancer for the past five years.

She allegedly shaved her head, bought wigs and had a fake chemotherapy port in her chest.

Police said Dempsey used the cancer claim to avoid arrest.

Her next scheduled court date is April 10.

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