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Nicole Bradburn. (Courtesy of Antioch Police)

An Antioch woman who police said carried on an extended relationship with a 14-year-old boy has been charged with more than two dozen felonies related to sexual misconduct after being arrested last week.

Police arrested Nicole Bradburn, 30, at her home Thursday, Antioch acting Lt. Diane Aguinaga said. Bradburn was charged Monday by the district attorney's office with 27 counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and is being held at County Jail in Richmond on $1.7 million bail.

The arrest capped an investigation that began in January when the boys' parents went to police with concerns about the relationship their son was having with Bradburn. But the boy initially refused to admit the nature of the relationship, Aguinaga said.

"It was difficult, because if he's unwilling to admit anything, then there was very little we could do," she said.

Bradburn, who had met the boy through her teenage daughter, was spending an inordinate amount of time with him -- even occasionally picking him up from school -- and the boy's parents obtained a restraining order against her, authorities said. But even that didn't end the relationship, Aguinaga said, because the woman told the boy she was in love with him.

Eventually, the boy's father discovered an incriminating text message from the woman on his son's cell phone, and the boy admitted he'd been having a sexual relationship with her since October 2010.


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The admission made "it all good in the end," Aguinaga said, "because there were a lot of things that had to occur to get to that point."

Bradburn also is suspected of having victimized others, Aguinaga said, and anyone with information pertaining to Bradburn or this case is asked to call Det. Danielle Joannides at 925-779-6931.

Contact Rick Hurd at 925-945-4780.