The allegations were almost too heinous and far-fetched to be believed.
A New Hampshire lawyer who graduated at the top of her class and credited her success to Christianity was accused of using her 14-year-old daughter as a sexual pawn, at one point even engaging in a sexual act with the girl on camera.
But believe them a jury did, convicting the woman Thursday of eight counts of exploiting the teenager, who is now in foster care. Her attorney called no witnesses during barely a day of testimony, only imploring jurors in his closing arguments to put aside their emotions as they deliberated.
In a recorded phone conversation with her daughter from jail in December, the woman told her, "I should have been the mom, not the friend."
She was neither, according to a U.S. attorney and testimony at the brief trial in U.S. District Court in Concord, which included two men recounting sexual encounters with the mother and daughter.
A Canadian named Kevin Watson testified that he met the girl online in 2012, that they had sexually explicit Skype sessions, and that he spent Memorial Day weekend last year with mother and daughter in a motel room in Niagara Falls, Ontario, about three weeks after the girl’s 14th birthday.
The woman told him it was her daughter’s first time having intercourse, and she videotaped that and other sexual encounters during the weekend, Watson said. It isn’t clear whether Watson knew the girl’s age at the time.Continue reading