BANGOR, Maine — The Mars Hill woman who was sentenced last week in federal court to 20 years behind bars for molesting her own 2-year-old daughter while videoconferencing with a stranger in England was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison on two related state charges.
Julie M. Carr, 33, was indicted by the Aroostook County grand jury on Sept. 11, 2009, for Class A gross sexual assault and Class A sexual exploitation of a minor.
She pleaded guilty to both felony charges Tuesday afternoon before District Court Judge Bruce Jordan at the Penobscot Judicial Center.
The judge asked Carr, who was dressed in dark-blue jail garb, if she understood the charges against her, the possible penalties and then asked her point-blank: “Are you in fact guilty?”
“Yes, sir,” she said.
Michael Roberts, deputy district attorney for Penobscot County, and Carr’s defense attorney, Stephen Smith of Bangor, negotiated a plea agreement for 15-year sentences on both felony charges to run concurrently with the federal sentence.
Carr also will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life.
The Mars Hill mother of four was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Bangor last week for production of child pornography. When she pleaded guilty to the federal charge in February 2010, she admitted that she sent — from a laptop computer at her Mountain View Street residence to a man in the United Kingdom — four live videos of herself performing sex acts on her youngest daughter, who was nearly 3 years old at the time and still in diapers.
The video chats that contained the sexual abuse occurred between June 9 and June 11, 2009, and were sent to a man in West Midlands, England, who recorded them. Nicholas J. Wilde, now 20, was being investigated in another child pornography case when law enforcement officers in his country found the video webcast recordings, which then were traced to Carr in Mars Hill.
Two days later, federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and Maine State Police troopers searched Carr’s home and interviewed her. She admitted to making the explicit videos with her daughter and sending them to England, Roberts told the judge Tuesday.
Wilde, who was arrested June 11, 2009, by West Midlands police, was sentenced to four years and eight months in jail for “inciting a mother in the U.S. to abuse her own child” and distributing indecent images, according to a report by the BBC in February 2010.
A memory stick seized at Wilde’s home contained footage of Carr abusing her young child at Wilde’s direction, and other child pornography with children as young as 18 months, the report states.
Wilde and Carr met on an Internet-based dating site, according to court documents.
In addition to the 20 years in federal prison, U.S. District Judge John Woodcock also sentenced Carr to 10 years of supervised release. He added a number of conditions for after her release from prison, including monitoring of her computer and Internet use and a ban on consuming alcohol and drugs.