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Logan mother faces sex counts

She’s accused of abusing young sons at husband’s request

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A 28-year-old Logan woman has been charged with sexually abusing her two young sons at the request of her husband, a registered sex offender.

According to federal charges filed Tuesday, the woman has admitted to having sexual contact with the boys between 10 and 15 times. Many of the times, the woman's husband used a Web cam and a digital photograph to capture the activity, charges state.

In an interview with police last week, the man, 46, allegedly admitted to transmitting the video images over the Internet "a couple times." He also surrendered to police two computer hard drives and two compact discs containing child pornography, according to the charges.

Prosecutors have declined to specify the age of the boys but said they were both under age 7 at the time of the abuse.

The conduct allegedly occurred in Tremonton, and the woman said it had stopped by the time she moved to Logan in September 2003. The man also lived in Logan at the time of his arrest but at a separate residence, according to prosecutors.

The couple appeared in U.S. District Court Wednesday morning on one count each of sexual exploitation of a minor. They will be back in court Monday for a detention hearing.

The U.S. Attorney's Office will present the case to a federal grand jury next week, at which point it is possible additional charges will be levied against the couple, spokeswoman Melodie Rydalch said.

The Deseret Morning News has chosen not to name the couple in order to avoid identifying the children. The woman no longer has custody of the boys, Rydalch said, but the children still live along the Wasatch Front.

The woman told investigators her husband began asking her to participate in the sexual activity shortly after they were married in May 2002. Approximately six months into the marriage, the man succeeded in talking his wife into the conduct, according to court documents.

"(The woman) said that she had sexual conduct with the children to please (her husband)," charges state.

If convicted, the woman faces a 15-year minimum mandatory prison sentence and a possible 30-year term. The man, who is on the state's sex offender registry for a 1997 state conviction of sexual abuse of a child, faces a 25-year minimum mandatory and a maximum 50-year sentence.

E-mail: awelling@desnews.com