By RYNE R. MARTIN
CANTON - A Raymondville woman admitted she sent photographs of a nude five-year-old child on a cell phone application to another that party that she thought was considering the girl for a modeling career.
Samantha Sipos, 25, pleaded guilty to a felony count of use of a child in a sexual performance during an appearance Friday in St. Lawrence County Court.
Sipos admitted she had taken a photograph of a five-year-old exhibiting her genitals and then sent it to someone through a cell phone application.
Defense attorney Verner Ingram, Jr., said the plea bargain agreement calls for Sipos to have a sexual offender evaluation performed to determine if she will be placed on interim probation for one or two years.
If Sipos successfully completes interim probation, she will be allowed to vacate her felony plea and plead guilty to a reduced count of attempted possession of material including a child in a sexual performance.
St. Lawrence County Court Judge Jerome J. Richards noted the incidents that led to the charges was a “one time thing.”
He released Sipos from the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility, where she had been held since her arrest in May 15, and placed her under the supervision of the probation department.
He scheduled the initial sentencing for Sept. 15 and directed to comply with a temporary order of protection that mirrors an order issued by another court requiring Sipos to stay away from the victim except for visits arranged and supervised by the St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services.
“You violate the order of protection or the terms of conditions of probation, and I’m not bound to place you on interim probation,” Judge Richards stressed.
Sipos could be sentenced to up to 15 years in state prison if she was sentenced for the felony use of a child in a sexual performance conviction.
State police had charged Sipos with using a child under 17 in a sexual performance, third-degree obscenity and endangering the welfare of a child following investigation into an incident actually reported by Sipos herself.
She reported to state police investigators on May 4 that she had been duped into sending pictures of (a five year old) to someone she thought was a photographer on Kik. Kik is a smartphone instant messaging app.
Sipos told state police investigators she was contacted on the app by someone identified as “Crystal,” who was claiming to be a photographer with MW Photography Co. in New York City. Sipos was asked if she had a daughter and if she was beautiful, questions that she answered yes to both times.
Investigators said Sipos was led to believe that Crystal could help land modeling jobs for the young girl.
“She started sending photos (of the girl) and at some point she began sending nude photos to this guy,” state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Investigator Leslie Loran said following Sipos’s arrest, adding she was told that in order to be considered for swimsuit modeling agencies had to see what the girls looked like naked.
Sipos reportedly went to the police after Crystal had asked her for a video of Sipos rubbing oil onto the girl, something that Sipos never did provide, although she was threatened that if she did not provide a video the photographs she had already submitted would be published on-line without any modeling opportunities coming in the future.
When reporting the incident to state police, state police said Sipos originally downplayed the photos, but as the investigation continued it became clear the photographs were more than Sipos had led police to initially believe. Investigators said the photographs were found to be provocative and it appeared the child was posing.
Sipos voluntarily turned over her cell phone to police to be used in the investigation, troopers said. On the phone, police discovered 43 photos of the girl in various stages of undress, with nude photos and photos of the girl’s “private parts” included in the files.