Post Register, November 24, 1998
Blackfoot woman admits to filming child pornography in her home
By Sherry Wilson
BLACKFOOT - A Blackfoot woman pleaded guilty Monday to videotaping two teen-age girls who danced nude in her Bingham County home in September.
Adele Wilcken, 31, pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child as part of a plea bargain with prosecutors, who agreed to drop two similar counts.
Blackfoot Police say Wilcken was working with Richard Dean Smith, 43, Rose Mary Garrey, 42, and Tina Wooten, 25. All four adults were arrested in September after filming eight nude videos of four girls, who are between the ages of 12 and 16.
In court Monday, Wilcken recalled inviting two of the girls and Smith into her home at 8 a.m. one September day and watching him film the girls naked.
"He made part of the movie ..." Wilcken told Judge James Herndon. "I filmed the rest. The girls were dancing, and Richard (Smith) was like spanking them ... I had some ice, and we were rubbing it all over them."
Wilcken, who has been in jail since her September arrest, told the court it was her first crime, and pleaded with the judge to be released on her own recognizance.
But Bingham County Deputy Prosecutor Scott Andrew said he wanted some assurance that Wilcken would show up for sentencing and recommended bail be reduced from $2,500 to $500. Herndon granted the motion.
Wilcken is scheduled for sentencing in December.
Wooten and Garrey, who are mother and daughter, have pleaded guilty to one count each of sexual exploitation of a child. Wooten is free on her own recognizance, and Garrey is out of jail on a $2,500 bond.
Smith, who is also out of jail on bond, has pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual exploitation, one count of sexual battery and five counts of sexual abuse. The Blackfoot man is scheduled for sentencing at 2 p.m. Dec. 7. Sentencing is set for the same time for Wooten and Garrey.
The maximum penalty for sexual exploitation of a child is 15 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines. For sexual abuse of a child, the maximum imprisonment is 15 years, with fines up to $50,000.
Bingham County reporter Sherry Wilson can be reached at 542-6742, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org