Wyoming woman admits photographing herself sexually abusing children

2013-04-26T18:00:00Z 2013-07-10T18:38:05Z Wyoming woman admits photographing herself sexually abusing childrenBy JOSHUA WOLFSON Star-Tribune staff writer Casper Star-Tribune Online

A Mills woman faces up to 35 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to photographing herself sexually abusing two young children and texting the images to a man.

Kelly Kay Turner admitted in court to taking pictures while she molested an 18-month old girl and a young boy. In previous statements to police, Turner claimed she took the photos at the request of a man living in rural Natrona County.

Turner, 26, entered guilty pleas in Natrona County District Court to charges of manufacturing child pornography and first-degree

sexual abuse of a minor. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to limit their sentencing recommendation to no more than 35 years in prison. Nor will they pursue additional charges related to the case, Assistant District Attorney Joshua Stensaas said.

In addition, Turner would have to testify against a co-defendant if necessary. Stensaas did not identify that person in court. Prosecutors have filed seven charges against Jonathon Cummins, the man who allegedly received the text messages. Sheriff’s investigators say Cummins admitted asking Turner to perform sex acts on the children and send him photographs.

Turner appeared in court wearing shackles and a yellow jail uniform. She appeared to have difficulty as Judge Catherine Wilking pressed her to explain the crimes. Afterward, she wiped her eyes with a tissue.

By pleading guilty, Turner may avoid spending the remainder of her life behind bars. The charges carried a combined maximum prison sentence of 74 years.

In mid-January, Cummins contacted the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office and reported someone had sent three images of child pornography to his cell phone. He originally claimed he didn’t know who had texted the photographs, but later acknowledged the phone number belonged to Turner, according to an investigator’s affidavit.

Authorities say Cummins ultimately admitted to asking Turner to perform sex acts on the children and send him the images.

Turner made similar statements to investigators. She said Cummins first asked her to send the images sometime after Christmas. She didn’t comply until Jan. 13.

The defendant said she took roughly 15 photographs. She claimed she was motivated by her fear of Cummins, the affidavit states.

In March, prosecutors filed charges against Cummins, including conspiring to sexually exploit a child, child pornography possession and soliciting first-degree sexual abuse of a minor. His arraignment is set for next month.

Turner remains held at the Natrona County Detention Center pending her sentencing.

Contact Joshua Wolfson at 307-266-0582 or at josh.wolfson@trib.com. Visit http://trib.com/news/opinion/blogs/wolfjammies to read his blog. Follow him on Twitter @joshwolfson.

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  1. youSICKENme
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    youSICKENme - June 29, 2013 7:07 pm
    I know the "alleged"accomplice is a sick sick person and the Kelly Turner is not any less of a sick soul... if anyone wants to k.ow what she looks like go to Facebook and look her up
  2. side oiler
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    side oiler - April 28, 2013 3:00 pm
    There is a double standard in America now,and most of us know why.
  3. supercalifragilistic
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    supercalifragilistic - April 27, 2013 8:46 am
    Joshua, americans can address "gun control laws" at the mere mention of a shooting but, our law makers have not the backbone to address sickos in this country? Dr. Kermit Gosnell was reported by ABC News to be a Dr. with his staff performing homicides, with no repercussions, till the news exposed it.


    How sickening is that?
    The story reads
    "There were bags, and bottles holding aborted fetuses were scattered throughout the building," said Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams.

    Since when are living children considered fetuses? SICK - SICK - SICK
    Now we have a female molesting an infant and a child that was actually born so that a guy and the female could get their jollies off in their "sick and perverted" ways.
  4. thehousemouse
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    thehousemouse - April 27, 2013 1:25 am
    ya they plasted old clapps face all over the place. that the style of this red rag. only when it serves a purpose do they do that.
  5. Gruff
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    Gruff - April 26, 2013 7:35 pm
    Why has the Casper Star Tribune decided not to publish this convicted sex offended picture?
    Is there a double standard? A sex offended is a sex offended. They had no problem publlishing the photo of her alleged accomplice and any other sex offender.
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