10/29/2013 01:17 pm ET Updated Oct 29, 2013

Sarah Adleta Sentenced To 54 Years For Making Child Porn With Husband, A Former Marine

Seminole County

An Oviedo, Fla., woman has been sentenced to 54 years in prison for making child pornography with her husband and two children.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, prosecutors claimed Sarah Adleta and her husband, Jonathan Adleta, "made having sex with their two children a part of their parenting plan," and continued the abuse even after they divorced.

The mother of two also confessed to performing sex acts on her 4-year-old girl on camera while another man, Aaron Dixon, watched via Skype from North Carolina, according to the FBI.

Sarah Adleta pleaded guilty to two child-sex related charges in May and was a witness against her ex-husband in his trial, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

She testified that Jonathan Adleta, a former Marine who had served in Afghanistan, made “daddy-daughter sex" a condition of their getting married. According to the New York Daily News, Adleta told jurors that she was willing to do anything to stay with him.

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Sarah Adleta (left) and her ex-husband, Jonathan Adleta (right)

Although Adleta expressed remorse and claimed she'd been manipulated by her husband, her father, Leonard Lippy, made an emotional plea in front of a judge to give his daughter the maximum sentence possible.

"Sarah, justice is needed," Lippy said, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton Jr. sentenced to Adleta to 27 years per count, to be served consecutively rather than concurrently.

The couple was arrested in March after the FBI learned that the 28-year-old woman had sent nude, sexually explicit photos of herself and a child to Dixon. Adleta told investigators that she had been sending the images to Dixon for about a year before her arrest.

Investigators found that the couple's daughter, who was 4 at the time of the arrest, had the developmental level of an 18-month old, was not toilet-trained, and displayed "sexualized" behaviors.

A neighbors told ClickOrlando that Sarah Adleta had offered to babysit her children in the past, but that something about that seemed wrong to her.

"I feel so good I went with my gut and never let her watch my kids," Cheney Mills told the station after the Adletas were arrested in March.

Jonathan Adleta was found guilty in September and is scheduled to be sentenced in December.


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