A Virginia woman will spend 20 years behind bars for pictures she sent to a man in Wyoming back in 2011.
Those pictures showed Jessica Shockley (24) molesting a 3-month-old baby. They were sent to James Hawkins, a registered sex offender from Rock Springs, Wyoming she met online.
"I am personally grateful to all of those involved in the investigation and prosecution of this most difficult case," said U.S. Attorney Christopher Crofts. "It is vitally important that we aggressively prosecute these cases so that our children may remain safe and enjoy a healthy and happy childhood."
Hawkins pled guilty to receiving Child Pornography and was sentenced to 17 years in prison.
Shockley, from Bland, VA, will also pay a $1,000 fine, $100 special assessment fee and will be on probation for the rest of her life. She's convicted of one count child pornography.
"Anyone who produces child pornography begins the cycle of sexual abuse for children around the world," said Kumar C. Kibble, special agent in charge of HSI Denver. "This significant prison sentence handed down to a 24-year-old mother of two demonstrates the severity of her admitted actions in producing child pornography, and how serious the law considers this crime. This is why Homeland Security Investigations has such an active program for targeting predators and rescuing their victims."
She was sentenced December 4th in US District Court by Judge Alan Johnson in Cheyenne.
Her sentencing and arrest is the culmination of an investigative effort that involved agents from the Wyoming Department of Probation and Parole, Rock Springs Police Department detectives, Special Agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations, Wyoming DCI and Virginia authorities.