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January 13, 2014

Mercer County woman receives maximum sentence on child sexual abuse charges

PRINCETON — After being told by a circuit court judge that she had committed “despicable” acts against children, a Mercer County woman received the maximum sentence Monday on sexual abuse charges involving children.

Kimberly Cox, 38, of Nemours, was sentenced Monday morning before Circuit Court Judge William Sadler. Cox previously pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual assault and sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian.

Sadler sentenced Cox to 15 to 35 years on a first-degree sexual assault charge, and 10 to 20 years on a sexual abuse by a parent or custodian charge. The two sentences are to run consecutively.

After release, Sadler said Cox is to be under 20 years supervised release and must register as a sex offender for the rest of her life.

“I have never ever seen in my life a mother willing to do such despicable things to children — never ever,” Sadler said.

She faced 15 to 35 years on the sexual assault charge and 10 to 20 years on the sexual abuse charge. If the sentences ran consecutively, she would have faced a minimum of 25 years or a maximum of 55 years in prison.

Cox must register as a sex offender for the rest of her life. As part of the plea agreement, Cox also agreed to testify in the case of John Spaulding. 40, of Montcalm. Spaulding faces charges including five counts of sexual assault first degree, one count of attempt to commit a felony, one count of sexual abuse first degree, and 50 counts of possession of material depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. His trial is currently scheduled for Jan. 22.

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