EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 11, 2013

NH mother guilty of exploiting daughter

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire lawyer remained stoic Thursday as a jury pronounced her guilty of exploiting her 14-year-old daughter to produce child pornography.

Jurors had the federal case for less than an hour before convicting the 43-year-old woman of all eight counts — transporting her child across state lines to produce child pornography, possession of child pornography and six counts of sexual exploitation to produce child pornography.

Her daughter — who did not testify and appeared in the courtroom for the first time to hear the verdicts — showed no visible reaction. The girl was whisked away right after the verdicts by federal victim advocate Jennifer Hunt, who asked reporters to refrain from approaching her.

The convicted sex offender faces a minimum, mandatory prison term of 25 years and a maximum of 100 when she is sentenced April 22, U.S. Attorney John Kacavas said.

Defense Attorney James Moir said it’s too soon to decide whether to appeal. He said neither he nor the defendant knew the 14-year-old was in the courtroom.

The trial lasted only two days but jurors were presented with a series of sexually explicit videos that prosecutors said the mother made of her daughter having sex with two men on different occasions, and a video of the mother performing oral sex on her daughter in May 2012.

Juror Peter Evans of Manchester said it was difficult case to deliberate, “but the evidence was pretty overwhelming.”

“I feel confident we made the right decision,” said Evans. “She’s going to deserve whatever she gets.”