A Utah woman will call California her home for the next three years. The only time the 37-year-old woman will get to soak in the Golden State sun will be during yard time in prison, though.
Tulare County Judge Kathryn Montejano sentenced Wendi Sorenson to prison for child molestation.
In July, Sorenson pleaded no contest to nine counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, 13 counts of lewd acts on a child under 14, four counts of oral copulation of a person under 16, one count of contacting a minor for a sexual offense, one count of arranging a meeting with a minor for a sexual offense and one count of meeting a minor for a sexual offense.
"We were hoping that she'd at least get six years," said Yolanda Rodriguez, the boy's grandmother. "I thought we were going to get justice."
At the time of her plea, the family of the boy hoped Sorenson would get the maximum punishment. They were told at the plea hearing she would only receive three.
"Prosecutors made no plea bargains in this case and argued for the maximum sentence of 13 years and eight months," said Stuart Anderson, spokesman for Tulare County District Attorney's Office.
Prosecutors believe Sorenson repeatedly abused a 14-year-old boy in June 2015.
He was enrolled at High Top Boys Ranch in Koosharem, Utah. The school for troubled youth was owned and operated by Sorenson and her husband.
The school has since closed.
Sorenson's husband was the person who reported the abuse to child protective services in Utah. According to prosecutors, he told deputies the two were, "very close."
In October 2015, following accusations, the teenager was removed from the school.
A week before Thanksgiving 2015, Sorenson flew from Utah to California. Visalia detectives were alerted by the sheriff's department in Utah. They warned detectives that the woman had left the state, likely to visit the boy.
Detectives began an investigation and contacted the boy's family. The teenager told police the sex acts took place at Visalia's Fairfield Inn and the Visalia Marriott.
According to prosecutor Chelsea Wayt, the boy said he and Sorenson had sex every night for 10 days.
More than 12,000 sexually explicit text messages between Sorenson and the boy were recovered by detectives. The text messages were also used to place Sorenson at the hotels.
Sorenson will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life. She will also be ordered to pay restitution to the victim.
12,000 sexual messages help put Utah woman behind bars Sheyanne N Romero visaliatimesdelta.com Sept. 7, 2017
CANANDAIGUA — A Clifton Springs woman was sentenced to 22 years in prison for her role in multiple crimes involving the sexual abuse of two children, including the production of child pornography involving a 1-year-old girl.
Janiet Simonds, 27, had pleaded guilty June 16 to two counts of first-degree criminal sexual act and one count each of first-degree sexual abuse and the use of a child in a sexual performance, admitting her role in a string of sex crimes involving children, dating back to 2012. The first three counts are violent felonies.
Simonds, who was arrested with her boyfriend, Tristan Mayes, in late June 2016, was initially charged with first-degree criminal sexual act and later indicted on charges of predatory assault against a child, a charge that carried a possible life sentence.
Ontario County First Assistant District Attorney James Ritts said in June he accepted the plea agreement to spare the children from having to testify. He also said the agreement calls for 20 years post-release supervision which, along with the 22-year sentence, could amount to a life term. No-contact orders of protection were issued on behalf of the two children, and Simonds will have to register as a sex offender. She was returned to Ontario County Jail to await transfer into the state prison system.
Simonds, who had rejected at least two previous plea deals, was sentenced by Ontario County Judge Frederick G. Reed. Reed also presided over the case of Mayes, whom Simonds claimed had abused her.
Mayes, 32, pleaded guilty in January to two counts of predatory sexual assault against a child and was sentenced by Reed in March to 28 years to life in prison. He is currently housed in the Clinton Correctional Facility in Clinton County.
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A 35-year-old woman burst into tears as she was jailed for five-and-a-half years after grooming a schoolboy for sex.
Jodie Delray was found guilty on 21 September of sexual assault and sexual activity with a child following a nine-day trial at Norwich Crown Court.
Her victim was aged just 12 when he was sexually abused by her, the court heard.
Delray, of Easthaugh Road, Lyng, had denied all offences and cried as her sentenced was handed down.
The court heard how she began the abuse by sexually assaulting the boy as a precursor to having full sex.
"Full sex began to occur, initiated by you," said Judge Anthony Bate, as reported by MailOnline. "These clandestine sex trysts continued for some time."
William Carter, prosecuting, said the offence was aggravated by the disparity between the ages of the boy and Delray.
Her defence said she was a vulnerable individual who suffered numerous health problems, including chronic fatigue syndrome.
"Custody for her will be all the more punishment for her. She is someone who will find it extremely difficult," Michael Clare, mitigating, said. He added that there was a very low risk of her re-offending.
Judge Bate accepted Delray was a woman of previous good character who had been spoken highly of in testimonials by friends and family.
But after being found guilty of six of nine counts by the jury, the judge said: "I can do nothing in this case other than my public duty."
He noted how the Appeal Court had previously stressed how underage boys are often "ill-equipped" to cope with a premature sexual experience.
On top of the jail sentence, Delray was also made subject of a sexual harm prevention order.
Woman, 35, bursts into tears as she's jailed for grooming 12-year-old boy for sex Paul Wright September 21, 2017