Utah Mother Sentenced for Sexual Abuse of Daughters

Utah Mother Sentenced for Sexual Abuse of Daughters

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A former member of a polygamous group will serve one year in jail for encouraging her husband to sexually abuse her two daughters.

The woman pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree felony attempted aggravated sexual abuse of a child. The stepfather of the girls, Gustavo Palacios, 71, is serving up to life in prison after pleading guilty to attempted aggravated sexual abuse of a child for abusing the girls from 1995 to 2000.

The Associated Press chose not to name the 39-year-old woman to protect the identity of her daughters, who have been placed in a foster home.

As part of a plea bargain, nine other felonies filed against the woman and five against her husband were dismissed.

The woman did not want her daughter to "grow up thinking sex was ugly," the daughters told investigators.

Third District Judge Anthony Quinn said he followed a recommendation for leniency and a request from the older daughter for a light sentence because the woman was raised in a polygamous family and was a victim of sexual abuse as a child.

The woman was ordered to complete sex-offender treatment and obtain a high school diploma during her 3-year probation.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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