Released by: District Attorney
For Immediate Release
Petaluma Woman Sentenced to 25-Life Term For Sexual Abuse of Daughter
Santa Rosa, CA – February 27, 2018 – Defendant
Tawnya Hopper, 44 years old of Petaluma, was sentenced today to a prison term
of 25 years-to-life by the Honorable Jamie Thistlethwaite after having pled no
contest in July of last year to a violation of Penal Code section 288.7(a),
sexual intercourse by an adult with a child under the age of ten.
Attorney Ravitch stated, “This was really an atrocious crime. This defendant engaged in conduct that was
totally reprehensible with her own child.
We believe the significant prison sentence is a just outcome for this
conviction came about as a result of an FBI investigation into a Bay Area child
pornography ring that uncovered Hopper’s involvement. Investigators with the Petaluma Police
Department and FBI eventually served a search warrant at Hopper’s residence in
Petaluma which resulted in the seizure of child pornography and drug
paraphernalia. Subsequently, Hopper’s
nine-year old daughter disclosed to authorities that an
adult male sexually abused her several times while her mother was present. Hopper was arrested and booked on charges
related to the sexual abuse of her daughter. Charges related to the defendant’s 20-year old developmentally
disabled daughter were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Carla Rodriguez, assisted by
District Attorney Investigator Matthew Stapleton. Officer Tamara Gilman of the Petaluma Police
Department headed the investigation.