Local authorities arrested a 28-year-old Florida woman for her alleged role in a two-party child pornography scheme involving a 69-year-old Homosassa man.
Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies took Bonita Carol Kelly into custody, under a warrant alleging child neglect, failing to report child abuse, using a child in a sexual performance and unlawfully using a communication device. Kelly was jailed without bond.
Deputies on Feb. 18 had already arrested Kelly’s co-defendant, William Charles Hale Jr., on similar charges.
Sheriff’s office investigations into Kelly and Hale began Jan. 10, when a girl accused the duo of sexually exploiting her for three years, according to the sheriff’s office and court documents.
In her interview with detectives and a child protective team, the girl said Kelly coerced and threatened her into taking nude photographs Kelly would then send to Hale in exchange for prescription medication, money, nicotine products and electronics.
Kelly would also setup meetings between the girl and Hale, who’d then molest the girl.
During their respective police interviews, before their arrests, Kelly and Hale made admissions to the girl’s allegations, according to the sheriff’s office.
Hale, who was also jailed without a bond.