The judge told Jason Samuel Wymer of the monsters who lurk deep in the pages of the scary stories parents tell their children at bedtime. Scarier, she told him, are the monsters who are real.
“The real monsters we should make them aware of are the ones that walk among us undetected,” Sacramento Superior Court Judge Sharon A. Lueras told Wymer as she sentenced the Sacramento-area man to 100 years to life in state prison for child sex acts Friday. “You’re an average-looking man, and you’re a father, but you’re a monster.”
Wymer was found guilty in October of performing sex acts on two girls, 3 and 5 years old, in 2011 and 2012 in Sacramento and San Joaquin counties and photographing the acts. A twice-divorced father of three, Wymer was a driver for a janitorial service, according to court records.
“Mr. Wymer, you are not fit to walk amongst us,” Lueras said. “You will be one less monster on the street.”
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Wymer, 44, of Citrus Heights was convicted in October of seven counts committed against the 3-year-old in 2010 and against a second girl in 2011 who was then 5. 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 were among the charges. Jurors needed just hours to return a guilty verdict.
A miracle, it seemed, brought the Wymer to the attention of authorities: an El Dorado County mother who, in January 2013, mistakenly texted a photo of her 8-year-old daughter to Wymer’s phone instead of to her eldest daughter. The mother, Jennifer Shipley, testified in October of Wymer’s strange, disturbing replies. “Cute picture,” Wymer typed, then, “Are u M or F?”
Days before Wymer’s texts, a Sacramento-based FBI agent visited Shipley’s eldest daughter’s middle school to talk with students about social media safety. The lesson stuck. Shipley’s daughter told her to save the messages and contact the school. The FBI special agent who days earlier led the assembly took charge of the investigation into Wymer. Special Agent Scott Schofield created a fictional identity based on the photo unwittingly sent to Wymer that lured the predator into the FBI’s trap.
Investigators in February 2013 raided Wymer’s apartment where they found thousands of images of child pornography including photos of Wymer performing and simulating sex acts on the two girls.
“He engaged in this conduct and behind the lens of a camera allowed someone to photograph him in these acts,” said prosecuting Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney Quirina Orozco on Friday, calling Wymer’s case “one of the most atrocious” of her career as a prosecutor. “This was only discovered by the miracle of a mistext.”
“This reaffirms my faith in karma and that sometimes the universe does align to do the right thing,” Lueras told Wymer from the bench.
Wymer apologized to his young victims and to their family, some of whom were assembled in the gallery for the Friday sentencing, calling his actions “selfish.” The victims’ relatives declined to speak to a reporter following the hearing.
“I acted against my own moral compass,” Wymer said. “My regrets haunt me. I hope they find peace and forgiveness.”
Lueras thanked Wymer, then levied maximum penalties against him on nearly every count, citing the “incredible vulnerability of the children in this case.”
“Every touch, every violation of these children was a separate assault,” Lueras ruled.
A co-defendant, Stormy Mollissa Myers, 35, pleaded guilty in September to a single count of lewd and lascivious acts with a child younger than 14 and to performing oral sex on a child younger than 10. She faces a prison sentence of 15 years to life at her sentencing in February.
Both Wymer and Myers also face federal charges in connection with the case.
A handcuffed Wymer was led by Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies out of Lueras’ courtroom where he was to be handed over to U.S. marshals and placed into federal custody pending trial in U.S. District Court.