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Mercer woman gets maximum sentence for sexual assault of child

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Kimberly Cox, center, in court Monday; photo by Kristen Conner Kimberly Cox, center, in court Monday; photo by Kristen Conner

PRINCETON (WVVA) - A Mercer County woman has received the maximum sentence for sexually abusing a three-year-old.

38-year-old Kimberly Cox will receive no less than 15 and no more than 35 years on a conviction of first-degree sexual assault and no less than 10, nor more than 20 on a conviction of sexual abuse by a custodian.

If she survives jail, Cox would be under supervised release for 20 years, be required to register as a sex offender, and take sex offender evaluations.

A mother of 2, now Cox will not be allowed to be around children, even her own.

This comes after an investigation traced pornographic photos of herself and a young child back to her.

Cox apologized to family in court Monday, saying she was sorry for her actions and wished she could take it back.

To see other WVVA reports on Kimberly Cox, click here.

In delivering her sentence, Judge William Sadler called Cox's crimes despicable and that giving her the maximum punishment was an easy decision. 

The grandmother of the victim told WVVA News that Cox got what she deserved and that the family was pleased with the sentencing.

As part of her plea agreement, Cox will testify in her co-defendant John Spaulding's trial. He is also charged with sexual assault-- and his trial is set for early February.

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