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In an emotional hearing on Friday, a federal judge sentenced a Center woman to 41 months in prison after she pleaded guilty to possession of material involving the sexual exploitation of a minor.

With good behavior, Kathleen Schneider, 23, could be released in 34 months, or slightly less than three years. After serving her time, she will be on supervised release for five years and to register as a sex offender.

"I can sit here today and guarantee that my name will never again appear in court because this has scared me," said Schneider, who has been has been diagnosed with dependent personality disorder.

The condition contributed to her willingness to participate in actions she knew to be morally wrong and illegal, according to her attorney, Jeff Bredahl.

The plea and sentence were the result of an agreement with the U.S. Attorney's office to dismiss a more serious charge of manufacture of material involving the sexual exploitation of a minor.

Kathleen Schneider, along with her husband, Russell Schneider, originally was accused, and charged in state court, with sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl. Russell Schneider, who has signaled his intent to plead guilty, allegedly sent photos of his wife and the girl committing sexual acts in the shower to an undercover police officer.

Kathleen Schneider, who has filed for divorce, said she has been married for a little more than four years, and that she met Russell Schneider while living in Center.

After  U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Hovland handed down the sentence, U.S. Marshals were on-hand to take an emotional Kathleen Schneider into custody.

Her mother, who was present at the hearing, called out to her as she was taken away.

"I love you, Kat," she said.

(Reach Andrew Sheeler at 701-250-8225 or andrew.sheeler@bismarcktribune.com.)

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