Friday, May 09, 2008

"Swinger's Club" Mom Gets Life

Image and video hosting by TinyPic(Tyler, Texas) A 29-year-old Mineola woman, Shauntel Mayo, was found guilty of child sex crimes yesterday after six minutes of jury deliberations.

Whoa! That's a speedy jury.

Mayo had operated the "Mineola Swinger's Club" where five, six and seven-year-old children, including her own, were forced to dance and perform in sexual skits for food.
At the times the alleged assaults took place in 2005, the defendant's children were a five-year-old girl, six-year-old boy and seven-year-old girl. The sibling's aunt and defendant's sister, who was also six-years- old, also testified she was forced to dance and have sex with the other children.

Late Wednesday afternoon, three young children and one teenager, took the stand and answered questions about Mayo's involvement in the case.

"We learned to strip (at 'kindergarten')," said the seven-year-old. " I had to touch my privates with my sister's and brother's privates for the people in the club."

The little boy testified about stripping for an audience that paid money to watch.
Shauntel Mayo was sentenced to life in prison and ordered to pay $10,000 fine for engaging in an organized criminal activity.

Last March, Mayo's live-in boyfriend, 36-year-old Jaime Pittman, was also found guilty of sex crimes after less than 10 minutes of jury deliberations. Pittman was also sentenced to life in prison.

According to Texas Ranger Phillip Kemp, investigators continue to search for other children involved in the swinger's club, estimated to number more than 15.

It's unknown whether there will be an appeal on the basis that the jury was comprised of premature deliberators.

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