Sirens & Gavels

FRIDAY, NOV. 5, 2010, 8 A.M.

Woman pleads guilty to child rape

A Grant County woman accused of sexually abusing children and broadcasting it on the Internet has pleaded guilty.

Pamela K. Ortega, 30, of Warden, pleaded guilty Tuesday to four counts of first-degree rape of a child.. Each count carries a possible sentence of 20 years to life in prison. She is scheduled to be sentenced in December.

The investigation began in April when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children contacted the Grant County Sheriff’s Office about possible child pornography or child prostitution involving Ortega through the Internet. An anonymous tip from Europe said Ortega offered a young girl for sex.

Ortega was interviewed at her apartment at 800 S. County Road in Warden in May, where she reportedly admitted to sexually abusing two relatives and a 2-week-old boy she babysat.

Ortega told police she was a methamphetamine addict who filmed herself abusing the children at the behest of people she chatted with on the Internet.

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