A 40-year-old Wylie woman has been found guilty of continuous sexual abuse of a young child, a first-degree felony.
A Collin County jury convicted Stacey Lee Jurik on Thursday, Dec. 7, and then took three hours to sentence her to 32 years in prison with no option for parole or early release
According to Dallas Police records, Jurik was present at multiple explicit photoshoots with an 8-year-old child in cities including Denton and Dallas in 2021 and 2022, prosecutors said.
“We are pleased with the jury’s verdict,” Collin County Criminal District Attorney Greg Willis said in a statement, “It is beyond belief that a mother could allow her child to be photographed in such a manner. We hope that this case will send a message to all involved in the production of child pornography that, regardless of your role, you will be found and held accountable.”
Jurik’s case was connected to a larger investigation involving photographer Grant Durtschi of Lewisville.
According to a March 2023 press release from the office of U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Gathe, Jr., from the Middle District of Louisiana, Durtschi pled guilty in a federal court to production and attempted production of child pornography. He was awaiting sentencing and could also face state charges.
In his plea, Durtschi admitted to luring a minor to an explicit photoshoot in Louisiana in 2020. He also admitted to transporting the images from Louisiana to his home in Texas. Durtschi was advertising the photos of his victims on Instagram and selling them to pedophiles using Paypal, the U.S. Attorney said.
A complaint was investigated by the FBI, which led to the discovery of videos of the 8-year-old victim, which were given to Dallas police. Authorities said the videos show Jurik assisting Durtschi with explicit photoshoots of her child.
Jurik was arrested by the Collin County Sheriff’s Department on Dec. 16, 2022, and charged with Sex Abuse of a Child, Continuous: Victim Under 14, Sexual Performance of a Child Under 14: Employ/Induce/Authorize and Trafficking Child: Engage Conduct/Sexual.
This story was updated Dec. 12
By Jeremy Hallock, firstname.lastname@example.org
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