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May 24, 2013

NH mom convicted of exploiting daughter gets 40 years


Prosecutor Helen Fitzgibbon told the judge the daughter feels guilty and believes she is to blame for her mother’s predicament, a notion the judge said further illustrates the depth of the harm and damage the woman has done to her.

“She is 100 percent victim,” the judge said, calling the mother “100 percent perpetrator.”

The judge said he did not impose a life sentence on the woman to let her daughter know she had been heard.

Moir, the defense attorney, had asked for a 15-year sentence, saying the recordings, one of which shows the daughter having sexual intercourse for the first time in a Canadian motel room three weeks after she’d turned 14, were not made for profit or distribution but were a “sort of warped memento.”

The daughter did not testify and appeared in the courtroom for the first time to hear the verdict, to which she and her mother showed no reaction.

Moir said after court that he will appeal the conviction, and he declined to comment on the sentence.

U.S. Attorney John Kacavas said he was satisfied with the woman’s 40-year sentence.

“It effectively is a life sentence,” Kacavas said. “It removes her from society and eliminates any threat she poses to minors and adolescents.”

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