Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Party Mom


Anna Ackerman pleaded no contest Wednesday to charges that she sexually assaulted a “severely intoxicated” boy at her home three years ago — and this time her plea is final.

A judge sentenced Ackerman, 45, to 4 to 10 years in state prison for performing sex acts on the 15-year-old boy during a party she hosted in Mount Joy. Numerous teenagers attended the party on June 16, 2009, according to court testimony.

Ackerman last year withdrew a guilty plea. She was scheduled to go to trial Tuesday morning but instead decided to plead no contest to the charges.

The victim and his parents watched as Ackerman was handcuffed and taken to prison. They were in agreement with the plea deal, according to testimony.

Ackerman wept and spoke softly while answering questions during the hearing. She declined to provide an explanation for her actions when asked by Lancaster County President Judge Joseph Madenspacher.

She pleaded no contest to two felony sex crimes and a misdemeanor. (A defendant who pleads no contest denies guilt but admits the facts on which the charges were based).

Assistant District Attorney Susan Ellison outlined the crimes this way:

Ackerman hosted a party for her teenage daughter and the daughter’s friends at her home on South Barbara Street. Teens between the ages 15 and 18 were drinking at the party.

The victim, then 15, became “severely intoxicated” and, at some point, took a shower. When he got out of the shower, Ackerman dried him off and helped him into her bed.

Ackerman performed oral sex on the boy and had sex with him three times during the night.

A partygoer recorded some of the crimes with a cellphone camera, according to investigators.

Madenspacher told the woman she would have to register as a Megan’s Law offender for the rest of her life.

“I understand you have reluctance to admit to these things,” he told Ackerman while explaining the no contest plea.

Defense attorney Cory Miller arranged the plea deal with prosecutors before jury selection on Tuesday morning.

“She understands she has a long way to go,” Miller told the judge. “She’s ready to accept responsibility.”

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