“A 33-year-old Manalapan woman was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in prison for sexually abusing a 5-year-old girl she babysat and streaming the assaults online.
Jennifer Mahoney admitted to sexually abusing the child and showing it on Skype, New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman and Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer said in a news release. She also took another video on her iPhone and emailed it to at least one person, they said.
“The victim in this case was a 5-year-old girl who had been entrusted to the defendant’s care,” Fishman said. “Not only did Mahoney totally betray that trust by subjecting her to multiple sexual assaults, but that little girl’s nightmare will be available for others to watch over and over.”
Mahoney performed oral sex on the child more than once, The Star-Ledger reported in January.
Law enforcement officers found Mahoney’s videos when they were investigating a Texas man and seized his computer. Three videos of Mahoney sexually abusing the young girl were found, the release said. Officers and FBI special agents also searched Mahoney’s house.
Mahoney was molesting the child on two of the videos during a video chat, the release said. She appeared to be laughing and talking to someone over the web, authorities said. In the third video, which Mahoney took with a cell phone, showed her sexually abusing the young girl in a bathtub, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
“No prison sentence can repair the damage Jennifer Mahoney has done, but today’s sentence is appropriate punishment for such heinous crimes, committed against a defenseless victim,” Breuer said.
Mahoney previously pleaded guilty to one count of the sexual exploitation of a child and admitted to watching other child sexual abuse videos that were streamed to her on Skype, the release said.
In addition to 30 years in prison, Mahoney’s sentence includes a lifetime-supervised release and restricted contact with minors, as well as computer-use monitoring. She also must register as a sex offender.”
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