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New Hampshire

May 24, 2013

NH mom convicted of exploiting daughter gets 40 years

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A woman convicted of sexually exploiting her 14-year-old daughter to produce child pornography was sentenced Thursday to 40 years in prison by a federal judge who called her conduct “shocking” and “egregious.”

“The damage you have done to your daughter is incalculable,” Judge Paul Barbadoro told the 43-year-old woman.

The daughter, now 15, said in a videotaped statement played in court that her mother was normal for 13 years.

“I love my mother very much,” the girl said. “My mother is not the monster she is made out to be.”

The Associated Press doesn’t typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault and is not naming the woman, a Manchester lawyer, to avoid identifying her daughter.

A jury convicted the woman in January of transporting her daughter across state lines to produce child pornography, possessing child pornography and sexually exploiting her daughter to produce child pornography. She had faced up to 100 years in prison, which was the sentence federal prosecutors sought.

Two men testified that the woman made cellphone videos of them having sex with her daughter, and jurors viewed a 7-minute video prosecutors say she made of herself performing oral sex on the girl.

Defense attorney James Moir said Thursday that the woman’s life fell apart when her husband left her in 2011 and she turned to alcohol and drugs after 10 years of being a good Christian.

The judge said the woman, who has been incarcerated since her arrest in November and has been barred from having contact with her daughter, had used her daughter as “bait” to lure younger men for her own sexual gratification.

The woman, wearing a county jail uniform, shook her head and spoke briefly before she was sentenced.

“In July 2011 my world crashed, and I fell apart,” she said. “Being separated from my daughter is the greatest pain I have ever felt. Baby, I’m so sorry.”

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