Tongan mother sentenced to 26 years imprisonment, deemed as worst in US, could face life behind bars

    A Tongan woman  who  brought her daughter from the kingdom to the United States  to be used as a sex toy has been jailed for 26 years.

    The woman handed the 6-year-old over to her new husband, a pedophile, and she sold the girl’s innocence to other men on Craigslist.

    She faces up to life behind bars if she can’t one day convince the state’s Indeterminate Sentence Review Board that she is safe to release.

    She took sexually explicit videos and photographs of the girl and shared them with strangers. One video recovered by Snohomish County sheriff’s detectives shows the woman texting with another potential client while her daughter, seated next to her, is sexually assaulted by a man who paid to abuse the girl.

    Her actions were abhorrent, unconscionable and provoke revulsion, Superior Court Judge Thomas Wynne said Friday.

    “You are the worst possible example of a mother in American society,” the judge said.

    Wynne sentenced the woman to a minimum of 26 years in prison.

    The woman denies committing the crimes and plans to appeal her conviction. She could be challenged persuading the review board to release her if she doesn’t accept responsibility for her actions or engage in treatment in prison.

    The defendant’s husband pleaded guilty in June to first-degree child rape and child molestation and possession of child pornography. He was sentenced to a minimum of 27 years in prison. The review board also will determine his ultimate release date.

    Jurors, who were exposed to graphic images during last month’s trial, needed less than three hours to convict the Marysville woman of more than a dozen sex crimes. They didn’t buy her story that her husband forced her to abuse her daughter.

    The woman, who isn’t a U.S. citizen, was concerned that she would be sent back to Tonga if she didn’t cooperate with her husband’s demands, jurors were told.

    Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Elise Deschenes said the woman only came up with the story when she realized that she faced criminal charges.

    The defendant not only failed to protect her daughter, but she instigated the abuse, Deschenes said.

    “She brought (the girl) into what she knew would be a life of abuse because it would make (her husband) happy and she could join in the sexual activities with her together. She also knew she could help make money,” Deschenes said.

    The deputy prosecutor asked Wynne to sentence the woman to a minimum of 53 years in prison. She argued that if the woman was allowed to serve time for each of her crimes concurrently, she’d be getting a free pass for some of those offenses.

    Wynne said he was tempted to grant the prosecutor’s request but he was satisfied with the 26-year sentence.

    The woman’s legal troubles might not be over. Federal prosecutors have expressed an interest in the case, primarily for the woman’s alleged production of child pornography.

    The Marysville couple’s actions came to light after a detective in Florida discovered that the Marysville man was sending child pornography to a man in Texas. The investigation uncovered nearly 200 Craigslist ads posted by the Marysville man advertising his stepdaughter.

    – This is an edited version of a story published by the heraldnet

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    1. Kuo tautea ha fefine Tonga ke ngāue pōpula ʻi ʻAmelika ki he taʻu ʻe 26 hili ia ʻene ʻohake haʻane ʻofefine mei Tonga ke ngāueʻaki ko ha meʻa vaʻinga ta’e taau.

      Ko e fefine ko ʻeni naʻá ne foaki atu ʻa hono ʻofefine taʻu onó ki ha tangata pālangi ʻAmelika ne na toki mali ka ko e sianá ni ko e tangata ko e malaʻia moʻui ʻene feinga ke maʻu koviʻi e fānau íkí.

      Ne hanga ʻe Rose ʻo faitaaʻi ʻene kiʻi taʻahine ʻi ha ngaahi ʻata fakalielia ʻo ne ʻai ke sio ai ha kakai ʻoku ʻikai ke nau maheni.

      Naʻe ʻi ai mo e vitiō ne maʻu ʻe he kau polisi fakatotoló ne ʻasi ai ʻoku lolotonga text ʻa Rose mo ha taha ne mahaloʻi ne ne fiemaʻu ke ne fakaʻaongaʻi ʻa e kiʻi taʻahiné, pea ʻasi atu i he vitoó ʻoku tangutu pe mo ʻene taʻahine lolotonga ʻoku lolotonga fakafiefiaʻi kovi ʻe he tangata pe ia ne ne totongiʻi ke ne fakafiefiaʻi ʻa e kiʻi taʻahiné (hufanga he fakatapu).

      Ko e tōʻonga ʻa Rose ne pehē ʻe he fakamāʻu ko e fefine pangoʻohua mo fulikivanu taha ia kuo ne ‘ilo ki ai pea mo e fakatātā ʻo ha faʻē kovi taha ʻi he hisitōlia ʻo ʻAmeliká.

      Naʻe puke ʻe he kau polisí ʻa hono hoa fakataha pe mo ia ʻi he 2014 hili ia hano tukuakiʻi ki he tōʻonga paʻusiʻi ʻo ha kiʻi taʻahine kei taʻu siʻi.

      Naʻe tautea ʻa hono husepānití ke ngāue pōpula taʻu ʻe 27 hili ia ʻene tali halaia ʻi Sune 2015 ki he tohotoho mo hono pāʻusiʻi ʻo ha taʻahine taʻu siʻi pehē ki hono tauhi ʻo e fakatātā taʻefeʻunga ʻo ha fānau.

      Ne pau leva ke tautea ʻa Rose ʻi Māʻasi ni pea fakatatau ki he lao ʻa Washington ʻe malava ke ne ngāue pōpula ki he taʻu ʻe 26 ʻa ʻeni ia kuo tautea ki ai.

      Ka ‘e malava ke ne ngāue pōpula ki he mate ʻo kapau ʻe ʻikai ke lava ʻo fakapapauʻi taʻetoeveiveiua ki he kau maʻumafai ʻAmeliká ʻe ʻikai ke toe fai ʻene tōʻonga ʻoku lolotonga ngāue pōpula ai pea pehē foki ke ne vetehia naʻá ne fai ʻa e hia ko ʻeni ʻokú ne lolotonga ʻi pilīsone aí.

      Neongo foki hono tautea ʻo Rose tuʻunga ʻi he ngaahi fakamoʻoni kuo maʻu ʻe he kau polisí ka ʻoku kei kalo pe ia ne ʻikai ke ne fakahoko ʻe ia ʻa e hiá ni.

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