Santa Rosa, CA – July 13, 2017 – Defendant
Tawnya Hopper, 43 years old of Petaluma, entered a no contest plea yesterday to
a charge of violating of Penal Code section 288.7(a), sexual intercourse with a
child under the age of 10. Sentencing is scheduled for September 19, 2017
before the Honorable Jamie Thistlethwaite.
Attorney Ravitch stated, “The defendant’s conduct was reprehensible. She
not only failed to protect her vulnerable children, she exploited them for her
personal gain. This disposition will ensure her incarceration for many
years to come. “
were the result of a child pornography investigation conducted by Petaluma
Police Department and the FBI in November 2015 wherein law enforcement served a
search warrant at Ms. Hopper’s Petaluma residence. During the course of
the search Investigators discovered a sex video, taken by the defendant,
depicting the defendant’s developmentally disabled adult daughter. Child
pornography and drug paraphernalia was also located within the home. Ms.
Hopper’s eight year-old daughter later disclosed to authorities that she had
been sexually abused in her mother’s presence.
her plea Wednesday with the understanding that at the time of her sentencing she
will be committed to the California Department of Corrections and
Rehabilitation for the term of 25 years to life.
The case was
prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Carla Rodriguez, assisted by District
Attorney Investigators Matthew Stapleton and Denise Urton. Officer Tamara
Shoemaker with the Petaluma Police Department headed the investigation in
conjunction with agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.