Police: Mom videotaped molestation of daughter, sold pics for drug money
JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - A Southern Indiana mother is facing shocking charges after police said she admitted to molesting her children, recording it, and sharing the video for money to buy drugs.
The father of the children suspected something was wrong and that is when he went through the mother's phone. He told WAVE 3 News that when he found inappropriate videos she had recorded, he immediately called police. The details in the probable cause affidavit are disturbing and too graphic to share.
"I feel sick, I felt sick since I found out," said the father, who wanted to have his identity withheld.
According to court documents, Jaime Simms was visiting the 3- and 1-year-old she shares with the father just last week.
"She was only here a couple hours a week to see her kids," the father said.
He went through Simms' phone and found videos of her and their 3-year-old daughter.
"It's a case where a 3-year-old who was asleep was taken advantage of by an adult," Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull said. "In this particular case, the allegation is that the defendant filmed the child abuse/child molestation that was occurring and then did distribute the video of that molestation on apps or websites that included Kik, Reddit and a something known as Omegle."
Simms confessed to police and told them she recorded the videos to sell so she could get money for her drug habit.
"These are sites where people can exchange or post videos," Mull said. "In this particular instance, she was receiving money that she had set up to a PayPal account."
Simms told police that she estimated she received approximately $200 from the videos, and she used the money to buy personal items and drugs. Simms is facing child molestation and child porn charges. If convicted, she will have to register as a sex offender.
As for the 3-year-old?
"She doesn't know anything that happened," the father said. "But, she has been asking, Where is mommy? I don't know what to say to her."
The father said his daughter is OK. Authorities are reviewing evidence to see if there will be additional charges or if there are other victims.
Mull said the case is just another one where people will do terrible things to get drugs.
Simms is due in court on Thursday.
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