A Massachusetts woman arrested in December 2011 on allegations of statutory rape and child molestation was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years behind bars and 30 years of probation.
Jenica Smith, who temporarily was living in Allenhurst as a nanny for her aunt’s children, pleaded guilty to eight counts of child molestation and five counts of statutory rape in a Superior Court hearing with Judge Paul Rose presiding.
She also must register as a sex offender and will not be allowed to have unsupervised contact or reside with anyone under the age of 18. Her access to the Internet also will be restricted, and she will be subject to frequent searches and polygraph tests.
Initially, Smith faced 22 counts that included aggravated child molestation, statutory rape and child molestation, according to Assistant District Attorney Melissa Poole. Smith’s crimes took place between May and December 2011, and she had seven victims ranging in age from 13 to 15 years.
It is the Courier’s policy not to name victims of sexual abuse. However, testimony indicates Smith lured the boys while they played basketball in their neighborhood with cigarettes, alcohol and marijuana.
Because Poole and Public Defender John Ely could not agree to a sentence, witnesses from both sides offered emotional testimony on their requested sentences.
See more in Wednesday’s Courier.