Woman gets probation after abuse claims

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BEND, Ore. (AP) -- A Bend woman has been sentenced to a decade of probation after she was accused of molesting her 8-year-old autistic son and streaming the act online to a Michigan man who posed as a psychologist.

The case is one of at least seven across the nation involving Steven Demink, who was sentenced last year to life in prison.

Federal prosecutors say he targeted single mothers on a website and persuaded them to sexually assault their children and send him images by stream or email.

Prosecutors say he told the 49-year-old Bend woman it would be a way to teach the child about sex.

The Bulletin newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/zKrVWC ) the woman reached a bargain with prosecutors and pleaded guilty last week to lesser charges.

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Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com