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A 23-year-old Indiana woman pleaded guilty on Thursday to sexually molesting a 6-month-old baby with her then boyfriend while staying in the apartment of the victim’s mother in Nov. 2011.
According to the Star Press, Ashley Lynn Stapert pleaded guilty to the Class A felony, in connection with the same series of events which left her 25-year-old boyfriend Bryan Michael Strickler with a 100-year prison sentence and the baby with a sexually transmitted disease.
Strickler had previously said that the 23-year-old “made me —- that baby.”
In court Thursday, Stapert — who told the judge she had been diagnosed with a mental illness — admitted she “did perform sexual deviate conduct on that individual” and was present with a “child under the age of 14.”
Under the terms of agreement in her plea deal, Stapert’s prison sentence cannot exceed 20 years. The 23-year-old had previously testified against Strickler, who the judge said was one of the “worst of the worst” offenders, the Star Press reported.
Strickler was sentenced to 100 years in prison after being convicted of child molestation, according to the Associated Press.
Stapert will likely be sentenced in late March.
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