A woman who admitted participating in the rape of her infant daughter was sentenced Monday to two consecutive life sentences in prison after her attorneys failed to convince a judge that she should get probation because of a psychological disorder.
Attorneys for Tessa L. Vanvlerah, 22, had a forensic psychologist testify at the sentencing hearing in St. Louis County Circuit Court that Vanvlerah has a dependent-personality disorder.
Dr. Brooke Kraushaar said it caused Vanvlerah to participate in the sexual fantasies of Kenneth M. Kyle, a college professor from California about twice her age, even though she knew sex acts involving her then-5-month-old daughter were wrong.
Kyle, who met Vanvlerah online, was sentenced in March to 37½ years in federal prison after pleading guilty of abusing the child during several visits to St. Louis in 2009. He first came to authorities’ attention through the sharing of child pornography online.
The Daily Caller adds, “She also allowed him to choke, burn and urinate on her.” She also “carved her nickname for the man, “Lord Nikon,” into her skin at his request, the prosecutor said, but drew the line at one of his suggestions involving bestiality.”
Strange, however, that the mother gets two life sentences and the direct perpetrator only gets 37 1/2 years. Kyle could conceivably be freed from prison someday, if he survives the duration.