PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia woman is going to prison after authorities said she pretended online to be her daughter in order to seduce a Florida boy and then convinced him to try to kill himself.
A federal judge sentenced 45-year-old Linda Paolini to 35 years in prison and ordered her to pay more than $15,000 in fines.
Paolini pleaded guilty in October 2019 to manufacturing child pornography and online enticement of a minor.
Paolini sent the 16-year-old images of her own daughter to coerce him to produce and send her sexual videos of himself, prosecutors said. They also said she faked a suicide attempt to induce the boy to try to kill himself.
Prosecutors called her conduct heinous and cold-hearted.
“She maliciously manipulated a child into making and sending her pornography of himself. But that was not enough for this defendant. She then manipulated the vulnerable child into attempting suicide,” said First Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams.
Authorities said she also admitted to similar online communications with at least two other boys.