Cascade County District Judge John Kutzman sentenced a woman Tuesday to 15 years in prison for recording the rape of a 12-year-old girl by a 29-year-old man.
Kimberly Ann Cooke, 43, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual abuse of children as part of a binding plea agreement that dismissed a third count.
Kutzman sentenced her to a total of 20 years with five suspended to the Montana State Women’s Prison and stipulated that she will not be eligible for parole for the first five years. She will receive credit for 403 days of time served and must register as a tier 1 sex offender.
“You failed morally in a way that ordinary words can’t describe,” Kutzman told her.
Cooke was arrested in October 2018 on three counts of sexual abuse of children for recording several videos in which Joshua David Rowland raped a 12-year-old girl.
Rowland, 30, was originally charged with sexual intercourse without consent after the girl’s parents became concerned that she was in a relationship with an older man.
In November 2018, the charges were amended to six counts of rape and seven counts of sexual abuse of children after a search warrant of the victim’s phone turned up five videos of sex acts with the girl, which were found to have been recorded by Cooke.
“This was horrific, your honor, and really quite remarkably shocking what these individuals subjected this 12-year-old to,” Chief Criminal Deputy County Attorney Susan Weber said.