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Mom sentenced for molesting daughter, 3: ‘I made a poor decision’

Stormy Mollissa Myers sexually molested her youngest child as her boyfriend watched, participated in the acts and captured them on camera. Myers will now spend decades behind bars for a crime a judge called “unthinkable,” after her sentence Friday in Sacramento Superior Court.

An emotional Myers, 36, broke into loud sobs interrupting her sentencing before Sacramento Superior Court Judge Sharon A. Lueras on several occasions, calling out at one point, “I love her! Please!” as Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney Quirina Orozco detailed the acts and the consequences for both mother and daughter.

A mother is one of our most cherished figures. She is entrusted with the duties of protecting her child. She is charged with guiding, protecting and loving her. This woman did the unthinkable.

Quirina Orozco, Sacramento County deputy district attorney

But Myers’ sobs fell on deaf ears as Orozco continued, bluntly stating Myers’ crime.

“Her victim is a 3-year-old little girl who was given to the hands of a monster. She allowed him to take photographs of her orally copulating her 3-year-old daughter. Our society has to correct the damage,” Orozco said.

“A mother is one of our most cherished figures. She is entrusted with the duties of protecting her child. She is charged with guiding, protecting and loving her,” Orozco continued over Myers’ sobs. “This woman did the unthinkable.”

Myers, 36, of Placerville, and also known by the last name Avers, pleaded no contest in September 2015 in Sacramento Superior Court to committing lewd and lascivious acts with a child younger than 14 and to performing oral sex on a child younger than 10 years, an agreement that carried a state prison term of 15 years to life plus eight years.

As part of the agreement, the state charges run concurrent to a 20-year federal sentence on child exploitation charges. Myers pleaded guilty in March to the federal charges and will serve her sentence in federal custody. If Myers is not paroled, she will be transferred to state prison to serve out the state term.

“I understand I let her down,” Myers said tearfully, addressing the court. “One day, I made a poor decision and I live with that decision.”

Lueras thanked Myers, then reprised Orozco’s words, calling the crimes “unthinkable.”

“Ms. Myers is now paying with her life,” Lueras said.

Myers’ acts may never have been discovered but for an El Dorado County mother’s errant camera phone image of her youngest daughter sent to the phone of Myers’ then-boyfriend Jason S. Wymer in January 2013.

Wymer’s Citrus Heights home was a storehouse of thousands of pornographic images of infants and toddlers. Among them were images of Wymer and Myers’ abuse of the 3-year-old girl, prosecutors said at Wymer’s 2015 Sacramento Superior Court trial.

Wymer’s disturbing responses to the El Dorado County mother’s misdirected text led the woman to call the local FBI field office, encouraged by her eldest daughter whose school heard an FBI presentation on child safety in cyberspace just days earlier.

I understand I let her down. One day, I made a poor decision and I live with that decision.

Stormy Mollissa Myers, after being sentenced in Sacramento Superior Court

A local FBI agent then created an imaginary persona of an 8-year-old girl to lure Wymer, exchanging text messages and using digital technology to disguise his voice. The gambit worked and in February 2013, Wymer was arrested.

Jurors in October 2015 needed mere hours to convict Wymer on seven counts committed against the girl in 2010 in Sacramento County and a second 4-year-old girl in 2011 in San Joaquin County. Charges included oral sex with a child 10 years or younger and knowingly using a minor to assist with obscene matter.

Judge Lueras, who also presided over Myers’ case, sentenced Wymer to 100 years to life in state prison in November 2015, calling the convicted child predator a “monster” who was “not fit to walk amongst us.”

Wymer, now 44, pleaded guilty in April to federal child exploitation charges in U.S. District Court. He was sentenced Friday in Sacramento federal court before U.S. District Court Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. to 30 years in federal prison to run concurrent to his life term in state prison, Justice Department officials announced.

A third person alleged to have participated in the abuse with Wymer also faces federal child exploitation charges. Jolene Davis, 40, of Stockton, is scheduled to appear Aug. 12 before Burrell.

Darrell Smith: 916-321-1040, @dvaughnsmith