A husband and wife have been sentenced after signing plea agreements with federal prosecutors on crimes related to “the sexual abuse of minor children,” the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio announced Tuesday, August 9. Stephen A Wilson, 39, was sentenced to 60 years in prison while Jessica A Wilson, 38, was sentenced to 20 years behind bars. Both defendants are said by prosecutors to have lived in Bexley, Ohio, near Columbus.
Stephen Wilson pleaded guilty to counts one through three of a superseding indictment, according to federal court records. Those admitted counts included two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor. Jessica Wilson pleaded guilty to one count of distribution and receipt of child pornography. The Sun reported that the original superseding indictment listed nine counts in total but prosecutors dropped the remaining charges in return for the plea.
“According to court documents, from 2016 until 2021, Stephen Wilson sexually abused at least three minors between the ages of 7 and 16,” prosecutors wrote in a press release. “Stephen had video cameras inside his home, including his bedroom, and used those cameras to document and create videos and still images of the abuse. He also filmed and photographed the sexual assault of the minor children with his cell phone.”
“In one incident, Stephen drugged a minor victim with alcohol and ecstasy and raped the victim while she was semi-conscious-to-unconscious,” the feds continued. “He created a 22-minute video depicting that sexual assault. In another incident, Stephen used a handheld camera to film his penis near the face of a seven-year-old child while he showed the minor adult pornography of himself and Jessica Wilson.” The press release also says of Jessica’s charge “On several occasions, Jessica exchanged numerous files of child pornography with Stephen, discussing those files at length in text conversations and even seeking advice from Stephen on where she could access child pornography online.” Federal authorities said Stephen “created hundreds of still images from the videos of him sexually assaulting minors” and “possessed hundreds of child pornography images depicting the abuse of children as young as toddler age.”
“Additionally,” they wrote, “Stephen possessed at least 25 images in which he had photoshopped his genitalia onto images of minor children, including prepubescent and toddler-aged females, to give the effect of those children engaging in sexual activity with him.” According to an FBI affidavit, the case unfolded when a high school counselor contacted the Bexley Police Department “who had been informed” one of the victims, identified only as Minor Victim 1 had been sexually assaulted by Stephen Wilson. The victim identified in that January 2020 report denied the accusations when asked by the police what happened. The story changed seven months later. On July 16, 2020, the same police department received a report that the same victim claimed “she had been drugged and raped” by Wilson and that two other minor females were also being victimized, reported Law&Crime.
According to the affidavit, during a meeting with Victim 1 on that July day, Victim 1 reported that Stephen Wilson asked her “to watch the sexually themed movie 50 Shades of Grey in his bedroom.” During that viewing, Wilson is said in the document to have given Victim 1 “alcohol and a pill.” The victim said she could only remember that Wilson removed her pants and underwear and began to touch her vagina before she lost consciousness. Wilson, according to the document, later informed Victim 1 that the pill contained the drug ecstasy. Victim 1 said the Wilson home and bedroom was rigged with cameras “that record and save everything.” She then provided the names of two other victims — now adults — who “could also confirm the information about all the cameras.” A second victim said Stephen Wilson took her to “one of his construction jobs in the city and exposed his penis to her.” A third victim told the constabulary that Wilson “would watch pornography on his laptop and masturbate in front of her and other minor females,” the affidavit states.
Jessica married Stephen at 17 when she was pregnant with his child. Her attorney said to the judge “Jessica has never had a normal life,” and noted the alleged sexual abuse she suffered as a child in his legal defense of her.