Marie Black, a former insurance worker, will now serve a life sentence, with a minimum of 24 years, in prison after a shocking and disgusting child sex abuse ring was uncovered.
The 34-year-old woman was convicted on 23 charges, including rape, conspiracy to rape, and inciting children to engage in sexual activity, in the abuse of five children that spanned a decade.
According to records, she, along with two former lovers, 44-year-old Jason Adams and 46-year-old Michael Rogers, forced the children to have sex with and in front of each other â€“ including with the use of toys such as Barbie dolls in the unspeakable acts.
The three of them would invite other adults over to have so-called parties where card games were played to determine who would abuse which child. They would also transport the five children â€“ three girls and two boys â€“ to other sex parties as well, before â€˜raffling them offâ€™.
Ms. Black, whoâ€™s said to have shown no pity, remorse or emotion to investigators, got the worst of the punishment because it was determined that she was the one constant in all of the cases of horrific treatment.
She wonâ€™t be eligible for parole for at least 12 years and is said to have sobbed uncontrollably as her sentence was handed down in the Norwich Crown Court.
She’d met Jason Adams through the personals in a newspaper before quickly marrying him in 2002. The abuse started soon thereafter.
That relationship soured roughly six years later, and within months of its end, she met Michael Rogers on an online dating site. Within three weeks, he moved into her Norwich home. Again, according to police, the abuse started almost immediately.
From all accounts, it doesnâ€™t seem either man had abused any children prior to meeting Black.
Both men were sentenced to 24 years in prison.
59-year-old Carol Stadler was found guilty on charges of assault causing actual bodily harm, but was found not guilty on nine other charges, including serious sexual assaults. Sheâ€™ll be sentenced at a later date.
Six others were charged and brought to trial, but were all cleared.
Judge Nicholas Coleman said, â€œThis case is the most harrowing it has been my misfortune to try. I and the jurors had to listen to the truly gruesome detail of what took place. Your conduct towards these children can only be described as utterly depraved â€“ the children were subjected to sexual abuse of the worst kind. They were simply passed around like toys.â€