A young Michigan mother admitted to sexually abusing her infant son on a livestream and said her drug dealer pushed her to do it.
Jazmine Pacyga, 20, was sentenced last Wednesday to 6 to 25 years in prison after being found guilty of producing sexually abusive material, according to WOOD-TV in Michigan. She was found not guilty of another charge, first-degree sexual conduct, because she didn't penetrate the child. That charge could have landed her life in prison.
She said she livestreamed the act because she was pressured by Nathan Osborne, her drug dealer, according to Mlive.com. Osborne, 32, is serving 37 years for the coercement of Pacyga.
Before Pacyga's sentencing, a social worker completed a report on Pacyga and concluded she wasn't sexually attracted to children, but she did the act because she had a dependency on Osborne for drugs and sex.
Before Pacyga was sentenced, her attorney Paula Baker Mathes asked the judge to consider time served and probation, because Pacyga had previously endured hardships like sex assault and heroin addiction. Mathes said these struggles contributed to her crime.
"She's gained insight into the trauma and how to be a better citizen in the future," Mathes said. "I think it shows in her demeanor in the courtroom and how mortified she is about the decision she made. She's ashamed of the decision she made, and felt, at the time, she had no other reasonable options."
Muskegon County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Hicks did not agree. He called the crime "egregious and despicable."
"Prison isn't where anyone wants to be, but you have work to do," Hicks said to Pacyga, according to Mlive.com. "You come here today with a 10th-grade education and some addictions. This will allow you to work on yourself. You're 20. When you get out, you'll still be a fairly young woman."
Pacyga also had a chance to address the court.
"During this year, I have grown a lot," Pacyga said. "I never realized that what I did was a terrible mistake and I wish I could take it back. I want to turn my life around and be a better person. I don't think prison will give me that opportunity."
Pacyga will get a 451-day credit for time she has already served, and she’ll have to register as a convicted sex offender.
[Photo: Muskegon County Jail]
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