Providence woman sentenced to prison for molesting child

LOGAN — A 23-year-old Providence woman has been sentenced to prison for sexually abusing a child. Marissa A. Schmidt cried as bailiffs led her out of the courtroom.

Schmidt appeared in 1st District Court Monday morning. She previously accepted a plea deal in July, admitting to one count of sexual abuse of a child, a second-degree felony. As part of the agreement, prosecutors dropped a second charge against her.

Schmidt was arrested after telling her husband that she had molested the young child. She told police that she committed the crime out of curiosity and blamed it on her addictions to drugs and pornography.

During Monday’s sentencing, Schmidt told the court she was sorry for what she did. She claimed that because of the methamphetamine that she was on at the time of the crime, she didn’t remember everything that happened.

Public defender Mike McGinnis said drugs and pornography had played a key role in his client’s behavior. He noted that Schmidt had cooperated with police and asked the court to consider a jail sentence instead of prison.

State attorney Jacob Gordon disagreed with McGinnis’ request. He said Schmidt’s actions can’t be blamed just on drugs and pornography. He explained, prison was where people who sexually abuse children belong.

Judge Thomas Willmore ordered Schmidt to serve the maximum sentence of one-to-15-years in prison for the charge she previously pleaded guilty to. He explained that he was sending her to prison to give her the help she needs, overcoming her addictions, and protect society.

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