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Maine woman gets 15 more years in webcam sex abuse

Maine woman gets 15 more years in webcam sex abuse

March 23rd, 2011 in News

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - A week after being sentenced on federal child pornography charges, a woman who sexually abused a 2-year-old girl while a man in the United Kingdom watched live via webcam received an additional 15-year sentence from a state judge Tuesday.

Julie Carr of Mars Hill was sentenced last week to 20 years in federal prison. On Tuesday, Judge Bruce Jordan imposed the additional penalty for gross sexual assault and sexual exploitation of a minor. The sentences will be served concurrently.

The 33-year-old Carr pleaded guilty to the state charges earlier Tuesday.

Maine officials were alerted in June 2009 after police in West Midlands, England, came across four video clips, recorded by Nicholas Wilde, while investigating another child pornography case.

Carr, who became the subject of dual state and federal investigations, told federal officials that Wilde "conned" her into performing oral sex on a girl while he watched.

Wilde pleaded guilty to charges in England and was sentenced to four years, eight months behind bars for charges stemming from the Maine case as well as several child pornography charges.

Mike Roberts, deputy district attorney in Penobscot County, said the federal case focused on production of child pornography and not the sexual acts. The state wanted the molestation to be part of her record. Under state law, Carr will have to register as a sex offender.

"The federal offense did not actually convict her of molesting this child. They convicted her of creating pornography through the molestation," Roberts said after Tuesday's brief sentence hearing. "We thought it was important to put the actual act of that molestation into the record."

Defense lawyer Steve Smith said his client had a difficult life, bouncing in and out of foster care, being placed into state custody and enduring abusive relationships. A sister testified that Carr was sexually abused as a child.

Carr's four children were removed from her custody, and she's no longer allowed to have contact with them.

"Life at the end of the day wore her down to the point that she was vulnerable to doing something that a bad man suggested she do," Smith said.