A federal judge this afternoon sentenced an Aloha mom to 45 years in prison
, describing her sexual abuse of her 6-year-old daughter and severely disabled 14-year-old son as the worst such conduct he has seen.
"This sentence," said U.S. District Judge Ancer L. Haggerty in his downtown Portland courtroom, "takes into account the conduct that was involved in this case."
Lisa A. Ford, 35, admitted that she allowed her husband, 43-year-old Michael J. Marceau, to sexually abuse her children, photographed the acts and molested them herself. Marceau, who traded photos of the abuse with other child pornography collectors, was sentenced last month to 50 years in prison.
The children were placed in protective custody after the couple's arrest last year.
Lisa Hay noted that an expert had described her client as a very low risk for committing such a crime again. Hay pointed out that Ford also was described as a devoted mom who sacrificed for her children. And she said her client, who suffers from a learning disability that clouds her judgment, was heavily influenced by Marceau, a sexual predator.
Government prosecutor Gary Sussman sought a 46-year sentence. He bristled at the suggestion Ford was a victim, saying there were only two victims in the case -- a 6-year-old girl and a teen-age boy who has cerebral palsy, breathes with a respirator and can't lift a finger to protect himself.
"Those are the victims in this case," Sussman told Haggerty. "Is Lisa Ford a victim here? I think not."
Ford apologized to Haggerty and her children.
"I love my children,"
she said, choking back sobs. "I always will. ... This is a nightmare I wish I could take back."