BARTOW, Fla. - Instead of going to trial, former Polk County detention deputy Robin Pagoria has accepted a plea deal. Prosecutors said she filmed sexual abuse of minors and then sent the material to her online boyfriend in Australia.
Pagoria, 47, was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Monday.
Deputies arrested Pagoria in May 2011 after learning she was severely beating two children as young as 10 years old for her own sexual gratification.
Investigators said she would strip the kids naked, bind them with handcuffs, strap them to a table and severely whip them, all while recording the horrific scenes on video.
The investigation then shifted halfway around the world when authorities in Australia arrested the jail guard's online boyfriend.
Christopher Lobban, who lived in a million-dollar home in Western Australia, acted like a like a puppeteer, according to investigators.
Police say he directed Pagoria on how to beat the children in a way that would satisfy their fetish. The pair met on a social networking site for people who enjoy spanking.
"She was following his directions to punish these children," said Sheriff Grady Judd during a 2011 news conference. "Logan was dominant and Robin was submitting to his actions and directions."
Chat logs and other computer files are what led deputies to Lobban.
Judd said police in Australia found all the videos of the beatings inside Lobban's home, along with news clippings of Pagoria's arrest.
Efforts are still underway to extradite Lobban to the U.S. As part of the plea deal, Pagoria has agreed to to testify against Lobban.
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