A Canadian woman has apologized for the role she played in sexually abusing a 7-year-old girl.
Sonya Lucas, 49, pleaded guilty to sexual interference, making child pornography, and possessing child pornography in June in connection with the sexual assault of a young girl, CTV News reports.
Lucas was working as an escort when she went with a man, Rui DaSilva, responding to a Craigslist ad to the girl’s home. The 35-year-old boyfriend of the child’s mother posted the ad which advertised sex with the 7-year-old.
The woman said she was paid $100 to film DaSilva and the boyfriend sexually assaulting the child. She also admitted to touching the child inappropriately.
On Monday, Lucas appeared before a judge at a sentencing hearing and read a letter she wrote apologizing to the child.
“I would like to tell her [the girl] how truly sorry I am for the part I played in sexually abusing her. I deserve to be punished.”
Lucas is set to be sentenced December 21.
The Crown is asking that Lucas receive 10 years in prison, as she has a prior conviction from sexually assaulting two teenagers, her own sons. She was convicted of incest in 2004 after she molested the boys. One of her children testified in court that his mother “is very dangerous” and belongs behind bars, the Huffington Post reports.
“She allowed me and my brother to drink alcohol. She got us both intoxicated and when I was passed out and when I became conscious and woke up she was performing sexual acts on me.”
DaSilva pleaded guilty in May and was sentenced to eight years for sexually assaulting the child.
The man who advertised the child, who remains unidentified to protect the young girl’s identity, pleaded guilty to posting the ad, as well as repeatedly assaulting the girl. He is set to be sentenced in January.
The 7-year-old’s aunt said on Monday that she felt she failed her niece.
“My niece has been robbed of her innocence. I am haunted by the echoes of my little niece whimpering in her sleep… saying, ‘please don’t hurt me.'”
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