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Petaluma Woman Convicted Of Sexually Abusing Daughters

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.

District 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. “

The charges 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.

Hopper entered 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. 


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