Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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August 16, 2012

Woman sentenced to 50 years for molesting daughter

ANDERSON, Ind. - An Indiana woman who confessed to performing sex acts on her 11-year-old daughter with her boyfriend, a serial child molester, is going to prison for 50 years.

Jessica Tooley, 30, pleaded guilty to child molestation and incest before her sentencing Monday. Her boyfriend, William Everage, 37, whom a prosecutor called "the most notorious child molester in Madison County," was sentenced earlier to 253 years in prison for molesting multiple victims.

Tooley told police she and Everage twice bound her daughter to a bed and performed sexual acts on her. She also confessed to making the girl drink alcohol.

Tooley's attorney, Bryan Williams, noted the confession and plea spared Tooley's daughter the embarrassment of testifying. But deputy prosecutor Stephen Koester questioned her cooperation, noting that she denied what she had done until her daughter talked to police.

"This was her daughter. She was the person in most position of trust. To act a part in the molestation herself is unthinkable," said Koester.

Tooley is pregnant with a child by Everage, according to his cousin, but she plans to give up the baby for adoption

Everage pleaded guilty in June to 19 counts of child molestation. Family members had accused him of manipulating them in order to get close to their children.

Everage told police last spring he began molesting children 20 years ago. He previously was convicted of child molestation in 1995 and 2000.

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Details for this story were provided by the Herald-Bulletin of Anderson, Ind.

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