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A husband and wife have been sentenced to decades behind bars for crimes related to “the sexual abuse of minor children".
According to U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio, Stephen A. Wilson, 39, has been sentenced to 60 years in prison while his wife, Jessica A. Wilson, 38, has been sentenced to 20 years behind bars.
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According to federal court records, Stephen Wilson admitted to two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor while Jessica Wilson pleaded guilty to one count of distribution and receipt of child pornography.
The couple signed a plea agreement in which prosecutors dropped the remaining six counts in return for their plea.
Prosecutors said: "According to court documents, from 2016 until 2021, Stephen Wilson sexually abused at least three minors between the ages of 7 and 16.
“In one incident, Stephen drugged a minor victim with alcohol and ecstasy and raped the victim while she was semi-conscious-to-unconscious.
“He created a 22-minute video depicting that sexual assault. In another incident, Stephen used a handheld camera to film his penis near the face of a seven-year-old child while he showed the minor adult pornography of himself and Jessica Wilson.”
The case gathered momentum in 2020 when a high school counsellor contacted the Bexley Police Department was informed that one of the victims had been sexually assaulted by Wilson, however the victim identified in the January 2020 report denied the accusations when talking to the police.
It wasn't long before the same victim contacted the police to claim that “she had been drugged and raped” by Wilson and also claimed that two other female minors were also being victimised.
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Having been married since Jessica was 17 and sharing six kids, Jessica apologised for Stephen’s actions “but did not go into any further details,” according to a FBI affidavit.
When approaching the court, she did “with remorse and acceptance” to “humbly” seek “a sentence at the low end of the guideline range” for the crime to which she pleaded guilty, resulting in her 20-year sentence.
According to her attorney, Jessica had endured a troubled childhood, having been sexually abused for five years in her youth and has struggled with substance abuse and attempted suicide.
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