In a verdict nearly as swift as the crimes were horrific, a Sacramento Superior Court jury took less than a day to convict a Sacramento man Friday of sexually molesting two little girls and photographing the acts.
Jason Samuel Wymer, 44, was found guilty of all seven counts against him, allegations that included oral sex with a child 10 years or younger, lewd and lascivious acts with a child and knowingly using a minor to assist with obscene matter committed against a 3-year-old girl in 2010 and a 5-year-old girl a year later in 2011. The crimes occurred in Sacramento and San Joaquin counties.
Wymer will likely spend the rest of his life in prison once he is sentenced Nov. 20. He faces a potential sentence of more than 100 years to life for his crimes.
Prosecutors at trial called the case a fluke and, indeed, a string of incidents in January 2013 led investigators to Wymer:
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A mother’s errant text message of her youngest child’s photo led to a sexual predator whose cache of child pornography included images of toddlers, infants as well as Wymer and a woman engaged in acts with the 3-year-old victim.
The 40-something stranger’s disturbing text response to the errant photo set off the first red flags.
A visiting FBI agent, who warned El Dorado County middle-schoolers of the dangers lurking on social media and cellphones, received an email from the concerned mother after prodding from her eldest daughter, who had heard the agent’s presentation just days earlier.
“The moon and stars just happened to be aligned so we could be here today,” prosecuting Sacramento County deputy district attorney Quirina Orozco told jurors Thursday.
The federal agent, Scott Schofield, would go on to lead the investigation into Wymer by creating a fictional persona, an 8-year-old girl named “Hannah,” to lure Wymer first with text messages, then with voice-altering technology to mimic a girl’s voice, to build the investigators’ case.
The ruse worked. Wymer thought he had his next victim, Orozco said.
“ ‘Hannah’ was his next lucky break,” Orozco said Thursday. “There was sexual intent rampant in his mind and it ramped up to 2013 when he had his lucky shot at a girl named ‘Hannah.’ ”
Wymer’s co-defendant in the disturbing case, 35-year-old Stormy Mollissa Myers, pleaded guilty in September to a single count of lewd and lascivious acts and to performing oral sex on a child younger than 10 connected to the case.
Myers faces a prison sentence of 15 years to life when she is sentenced in February.