WOMAN ARRESTED AGAIN IN SEX CASE (Cops: She had relationship with teen)

Traci Stiffel, a 33 year old Mastic Beach woman, was first arrested on April 12 and charged with two counts of third degree rape, which applies in cases where someone over 21 has sex with someone under 17.  The judge issued an order of protection mandating that she stay away from the teenager.  She was found with him again in May and charged with second degree criminal contempt.  She told police she and the 16 year old boy were in love and had been on the run to protect their relationship.  Stiffel is being held at the county jail in Riverhead on $2,500 bail.  The boy was also arraigned yesterday for a violation of probation and sent to the county jail on $10,000 bail.  The boy's mother expressed outrage that her son's bail was much higher than Stiffel's and that he was charged with a criminal offense.

(New York)