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Woman gets 10 years probation in four 2011 child sex assault charges



LIVINGSTON — After spending 15 months in jail, Mistina Olivia Cornelius 36, of Indian Springs, was sentenced to 10 years probation on each of three counts sexual assault of a child and one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child by Judge Robert Hill Trapp in the 411th District Court on Dec. 27. Cornelius and her husband, Anthony Dewayne Cornelius, 40, were arrested after the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received information that the couple had been giving alcohol and drugs to teenage boys ranging in age from 13 to 16 and Mistina Cornelius had been having sex with the children while her husband watched. They were taken into custody on Sept. 1, 2011, after they eluded officers for several days after arrest warrants were issued. Both have remained in custody since that time with bail set totaling $100,000. At the sentencing hearing Hon said the defendant testified that her husband used physical force as well as the years of mental abuse she had been under to coerce her into engaging in the criminal activity. Anthony Dewayne Cornelius pleaded guilty to the four charges at a hearing before Judge Trapp in March and received four 20-year sentences and two 25-year sentences in connection with the six count indictment, and will have to serve at least have of those sentences — which will run concurrently — before he will be eligible for parole. District Attorney Lee Hon said at the time that it is more likely he will serve 85 percent of that sentence before he could be released. The punishment range was 5 to 99 years to life on each charge. Mistina Cornelius is prohibited from having any contact with any of the victims as a condition of her probation and must complete a sex offender treatment program as well as register as a sex offender for life.


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