Iowa woman sentenced to prison for sexual abuse of girl

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A 32-year-old Missouri Valley woman has been sentenced to nearly 16 years in federal prison in a sex abuse case.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for southern Iowa says Trudy Thomsen was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty last year to transporting a minor with intent to engage in sexual activity.

Prosecutors say Thomsen met a 14-year-old girl while working at a group home in Arkansas. After leaving the group home job, Thomsen and her co-defendant, John Thomsen, used social media to convince the teen and another girl to come live with them in Missouri Valley. Prosecutor say the Thomsens engaged in various sexual acts with one of the girls.

John Thomsen was sentenced in January to nearly 20 years in federal prison.

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