A Petaluma woman has been convicted of sexually abusing her daughter, the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday. Tawnya Hopper, 43, pleaded no contest Wednesday to a charge of sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 10, prosecutors said. In November of 2015, the Petaluma Police Department and the FBI conducted a child pornography investigation that led to a search warrant being served at Hopper’s residence.
During the search, investigators discovered a sex video taken by Hopper and depicting her developmentally disabled adult daughter, prosecutors said. Investigators also discovered child pornography and drug paraphernalia in the home. Hopper’s 8-year-old daughter later disclosed to authorities she had been sexually abused in her mother’s presence.
“The defendant’s conduct was reprehensible,” Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch said in a statement. “She not only failed to protect her vulnerable children, she exploited them for personal gain.” Hopper entered the plea with the understanding she will be committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for a term of 25 years to life, prosecutors said. She is scheduled for sentencing on Sept. 19.
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