MANALAPAN, NJ -- A 33-year old woman has plead guilty in federal court
to molesting a 5-year old girl and streaming the assault live on Skype, from her cell phone.
FBI agents say in another instance, Jennifer Mahoney recorded images of the child being sexually touched during a bath.
She faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.
She faces between 15 and 30 years in prison when she is sentenced Aug. 22, and will have to pay restitution to the victim.
Mahoney's troubles actually started in Texas last month, when police raided the home of a man there and found three videos on his computer of Jennifer Mahoney having sexual contact with the little girl.
Two of the videos show the "Skype" session; federal prosecutors say Mahoney is shown molesting the sleeping child with her hands and licking the girl's buttocks, while laughing and talking to someone.
The third video shows Mahoney abusing the child in the tub, while filming it with her IPhone.
At one point, Mahoney reportedly asks the girl to lean over, so she can rinse her. "Like a mermaid?" the child asks Mahoney.
"Like a mermaid, sweetheart," Mahoney replies. The FBI said instead of rinsing the girl, Mahoney put her fingers in the victim's vagina.
On December 13, 2011, Manalapan police arrested Mahoney at her New Jersey home.
Agents traced the videos Mahoney made to the computer of Robert Ramos Jr. of Austin, Texas.
Mahoney admitted to sending the video to Ramos and one other individual.
Ramos was charged with possession of child pornography and sexual exploitation of minors