Sex crimes are often emotionally charged, especially when infant and toddler children are involved. These young children are the most vulnerable. They often cannot express their feelings about these crimes or even understand or describe what has happened, making it hard to charge and convict people of these crimes.
A day care worker in Salisbury will likely be facing the rest of her life in prison after sexually abusing eight toddlers in her care. The woman was sentenced to 280 years in prison and must serve 126 years of active incarceration.
The woman faces multiple child sex abuse and child pornography charges. On March 30, she was convicted of eight counts each of child porn production, child porn possession, and sexual abuse of a minor. The case began in June 2021, when sexually explicit images of eight children under 3 years of age were discovered on the woman’s phone. It was discovered that she took the photos while working at Stepping Stones Early Learning Center, a day care center in Salisbury. She worked at the facility from December 2020 to June 2021.
The state attorney’s office is upset at the charges, claiming that the woman violated and exploited the children, breaching the trust of the parents who entrusted the woman to care for their children. While the sentence will not bring back the innocence or trust of the children and their parents, at least the woman will not be able to engage in this type of crime again.
If the woman is ever released from prison, she will be placed on five years of probation as well as lifetime supervision. In addition, she will need to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life.
Sexual activity with a child by an adult or older child is considered child sexual abuse. If another child engages in sexual activity with a child, though, it becomes a gray area, as some sexual behavior is innocent exploration.
There are two types of child sexual abuse: touching and non-touching. Touching includes touching a child’s genitals or forcing a child to touch someone else’s genitals. It could also involve putting objects or body parts inside the vagina, anus, or mouth of a child for the purpose of sexual pleasure. Non-touching abuse includes showing pornography to a child, photographing sexually explicit poses by a child, an adult exposing their genitals to a child, prostitution of a child, and watching a child undress.
Child sex abuse, child porn, and similar crimes are punished harshly. The prosecution doesn’t play around and your entire life is at stake. You could spend the rest of your life behind bars.
If you have been accused of sex crimes against a minor, keep quiet and get a strong defense. A Columbia child sex abuse lawyer from The Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A. can give you the advice you need. Schedule a free consultation with us today so we can get you a strong defense. To get started, call (410) 774-5987 or fill out the online form. We have two offices to serve you.
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