Joanna Jean Olson from Longview, Washington, admitted to violating her 2-year-old, taking more than a dozen photographs of the crime, and sending them to 38-year-old registered sex offender Antonio Boleware, as reported by Seattle PI.
"I totally accept responsibility for my crime. … I was desperately looking for love, and fell for the wrong guy," Olson wrote in a letter to U.S. District Judge Robert Bryan. "I did whatever he asked."
Boleware had previously been convicted of two crimes against minors and had served six years behind bars after raping a 13-year-old, as reported by the San Diego Tribune.
The couple had known each other for years before the 44-year-old mother agreed to send him the child pornography, as reported by the Daily Mail.
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In August 2015, Boleware shared Olson’s photos in a Kik chat room and was discovered by an undercover FBI officer. Olson was arrested soon after, and three children in her care were taken from her home.
As a result of this grave breach of trust, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kate Vaughan believes the child may suffer incessant “victimization by other sexual predators.”
“Olson not only molested [the child] but sent the images to another person, creating a high likelihood that those images would be passed on to others on the Internet -- as in fact they were to the undercover FBI officer,” Vaughan said. Boleware had not told Olson about his criminal past.
Miriam Schwartz, an assistant federal public defender, said Olson “exercised extreme stupidity and a horrible lapse in judgment” and did not mean to intentionally harm the child.
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"It is an understatement to say that she exercised profoundly bad judgment in committing these acts," Schwartz said. "Clearly she allowed herself to be manipulated and pressured to an extreme degree by Mr. Boleware."
In July, Bryan sentenced Olson to five years in prison as well as a lifetime of court supervision. Olson pleaded guilty to child pornography and is awaiting a transfer to federal prison.
Boleware pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges. He will be sentenced at a federal court in Southern California on July 29.