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      Pennsylvania woman sentenced for facilitating child abuse by Watertown man


      A Pennsylvania woman who allowed a man to sexually abuse a 3-year-old girl has been ordered to spend at least a dozen years in prison.


      Twenty-four-year-old Samantha Mathers, of Williamsport, was sentenced Tuesday on charges including conspiracy and sexual exploitation of children for offenses involving the young girl and a New York man she met online and later married.


      Investigators say Mathers held and comforted the child during one April 2011 encounter with 39-year-old Richard Lafayette, of Watertown, N.Y. Lafayette is currently serving a sentence of at least 7 years.


      The Williamsport Sun-Gazette reports Lycoming County Judge Marc Lovecchio chastised Mathers for presenting the child to Lafayette on a "silver platter."


      Mathers' attorney said her client was abused as a child and victimized by Lafayette.

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