US woman 'streamed child sex abuse cries'

2012-01-31 09:47

Trenton - A waitress cried in court on Monday as she heard a prosecutor accuse her of "extreme sexual assault" on a 5-year-old girl she was baby-sitting and of streaming video of the abuse online.

Authorities say Jennifer Mahoney, aged 32, laughed while she sexually assaulted the child, and again as she streamed the video to at least two other people. They say she confessed twice to different sets of investigators.

Mahoney has been charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a child. At a federal court hearing in Trenton, she had requested to wear a global positioning device, stay away from the victim and post her parents' home as collateral for bail.

The judge denied bail on the federal charges; Mahoney is being held on $500 000 bail on state charges stemming from the same assault.

"Law enforcement has recovered a video capture of extreme sexual assault," Assistant US Attorney John Clabby said. "There is danger to the public, and the risk of flight."

During the hearing in US District Court, Mahoney wiped away tears, buried her face in her hands and cried softly as her attorney, Herbert Ellis, rubbed her back.

Fake Facebook accounts

Later, she rocked quickly back and forth in her chair, not speaking except to reply, "Yes, your honour", when asked whether she understood her rights.

Ellis, her lawyer, said he needs to speak to Mahoney in detail before deciding how to proceed. He said he wants to see her videotaped confession to authorities to determine how it was given and under what circumstances.

Mahoney has been in custody since December 14, the day after three pornographic videos showing assaults on the girl were found on the computer of a 32-year-old Texas man to whom she had streamed them, prosecutors said.

That man, Robert Ramos Jnr, was charged with possession of child pornography and sexual exploitation of minors. Prosecutors in Texas say he set up seven fake Facebook accounts to solicit teenage girls to send him nude photos and videos of themselves engaged in sexual acts.

When the FBI questioned Mahoney, she acknowledged performing a sex act on the child while she was baby-sitting her, court documents say.

She also told investigators she streamed live video of one of the sexual assaults to two men using a chat service and acknowledged filming another assault with her cellphone and sending video of it to two other people, court documents say. No other mention of a second recipient is included in court documents.

Graphic descriptions

Later on the day of her arrest, she gave a separate videotaped confession to New Jersey authorities, Clabby said.

Two of the videos appeared to have been made in Mahoney's bedroom, the third in the bathtub of her home, the affidavit says.

The affidavit describes the sexual assaults in graphic terms. On one, the FBI agent notes, there is no audio. But, the agent notes, "it appears that the adult female is talking and laughing during the video, and it appears that the adult female is talking to another person over the internet via a webcam".

Ramos remains in custody in Texas. Court documents include a transcript of a handwritten statement Ramos gave to the FBI in which he acknowledges soliciting underage girls to send him nude photos but insists he never had sexual contact with a minor.

"What I have done was stupid and not worth anything," he wrote. "I am very sorry and have made some terrible mistakes."

His lawyer did not immediately return a message seeking comment on Monday.

  • Marius - 2012-01-31 10:01

    Sick people. Remove them from society.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-31 10:18

      How can you trust anyone with your child?

      jono99 - 2012-01-31 11:23

      Eish, who is the sick fat turd that down thumbed your comment... They need to go with this woman

      PointBlank - 2012-01-31 12:24

      @jono, I wouldn't worry about the people on News24 or the thumbs up or down, it's just silly.. Means nothing, move on.

      kthage - 2012-02-01 02:15

      @Swapie, Sick? Yes, but be-careful what you wish for, the latter bit was also used by Adolf Hitler when he purged the Jews.

      John - 2012-02-01 07:33

      @kthage Kabelo Thage, Comrade....what did you tried to say? Please express yourself in a way that we will understand you.

  • Penny - 2012-01-31 10:23

    Sickening beyond belief, please spay the bitch and lock up all involved for a lifetime of misery behind bars where other adult bruts will ignore their pleas for help! they deserve nothing less!

  • MissGremlin - 2012-01-31 10:45

    How utterly revolting. Life sentence please.

  • winston.mullany - 2012-01-31 10:47

    Its all fun and games when they doing it but amazing how sorry they are when they get caught!!! Lock the bastards up!!!

  • Bokfan - 2012-01-31 10:58


  • Muneer23 - 2012-01-31 11:07

    $500 000 bail...and here our rapists and murderers are let free on R500 bail. An example our justice system can maybe follow

      Peter - 2012-02-01 08:40

      Agree 100%. This is the exact area where our justice/legal/political system can make a change without too much issue from the politicians and 'warped' sympathisers.

  • Rainbow - 2012-01-31 11:11

    Sick b*ch! I hoppe they lock her up in prison for a long time and I hope the moms in the prison give her a frekin good hiding.

  • Pieter - 2012-01-31 15:38

    Dit maak my siek. As so iets met my kind moes gebeur sou ek seker daar gesit het op moord klagtes in plaas van die vuil goed

  • shauncro - 2012-01-31 17:09

    Put her in Polsmoor with the men!

  • Jason - 2012-01-31 23:45

    There is a special place reserved for this pig in the seventh circle of hell. Then we'll see who does the laughing.

  • Mervyn - 2012-02-01 00:19

    Mahoney only cried because she had been caught committing this most disgusting crime. I hope she rots in hell after serving a life sentence in jail.

  • Silvana - 2012-02-01 06:06

    It never ceases to amaze me how these sickos put on the injured Bambi act once they're caught. If it's not tears in court, it's walking in with a Bible, as if they're the victim. Rid the planet of all sickos, I say.

  • Jannie - 2012-02-01 08:21

    siff man..

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