Farrell woman convicted of sending sexual pictures of infant
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A Farrell woman who awaits trial on fifty charges filed in connection with the alleged rape of an infant has pleaded guilty to federal charges.
Mary Jacobs, 28, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of Distribution of Material Depicting the Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.
Investigators say that in 2017 Jacobs distributed 11 still images depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor.
When Jacobs is sentenced in U.S. District Court on September 14, she could face a sentence of not less than five and not more than 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.
Federal authorities became aware of the case in 2017 when State Police in New Castle filed fifty charges against a woman who they say has admitted taking pictures and videos of her performing sex acts on an 11-month-old girl and sending them out over social media.
Acting on a tip, investigators determined that the images shared on Skout and Kik social media apps were recorded at a Wallis Ave. home.
Police say they traced the source of the images to Jacobs, who had since moved to Farrell.
Jacobs was arrested at a community center in Sharon.
According to the police, Jacobs told them that someone she met on the internet instructed her to send pictures and videos of her performing oral sex on the infant girl and touching the child's genital area.
Police say Jacobs confessed to sending the video and pictures on three separate occasions.
Jacobs is scheduled to go on trial in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court next month on multiple counts including child rape, involuntary deviate sexual assault of a child, aggravated indecent assault of a child, sexual assault, incest of a minor, using a computer to photograph a sex act, disseminating photographs of sex acts, child pornography, criminal use of a communication facility, and indecent assault of a person under the age of 13.