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Sharing sexual photos, chats with teen leads to prison sentence

A 45-year-old Superior woman was sentenced to prison after she pleaded no contest to felony charges of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime and exposing a child to harmful descriptions.

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Douglas County Circuit Court, Superior, Wis.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

SUPERIOR — A Superior woman will spend five years in state prison for exchanging provocative pictures and sexual video chats with a 15-year-old Texas girl and sharing disturbing details of the exchanges with a teenage co-woker.

Jonayla Maria McConnell, 45, pleaded no contest on Nov. 22 in Douglas County Circuit Court to felony charges of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime and exposing a child to harmful descriptions. One count of child sexual exploitation was dismissed.

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Jonayla Maria McConnell

She was sentenced Friday, Feb. 4, to five years in state prison and six years of extended supervision to be served concurrently. McConnell was ordered to have no contact with the victims, no contact with anyone under the age of 18 and no use of social media. She must also register as a sex offender.

A 17-year-old co-worker of McConnell’s reported to Superior police officer Ronald Robinson that the Superior woman had shown them sexually explicit pictures of the Texas teen and described their sexual video chats in disturbing detail, according to the criminal complaint. Other co-workers said McConnell had shown them nude photos of the 15-year-old.

McConnell admitted to Superior police officers that she was pursuing a long-distance relationship with the 15-year-old Texas girl, the criminal complaint said. She admitted to sharing partially nude pictures of the Texas teen with her co-worker.

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After being booked into jail, McConnell called her son, Austin Howard Bunker, and told him to destroy her computer and cell phone. Police were able to recover the phone and computer before they were destroyed. Bunker, 21, was initially charged with aiding a felon. The criminal count was dismissed May 24 in Douglas County Circuit Court.

A minor the woman worked with reported being shown partially nude cell phone pictures of the 15-year-old, according to the criminal complaint.

Maria Lockwood covers news in Douglas County, Wisconsin, for the Superior Telegram.
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