- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A Sabattus woman convicted of aiding her husband’s sexual abuse of a preteen girl has asked the state’s highest court to throw out her conviction.

The Sun Journal (https://bit.ly/1Ixp9dF ) reports that Christal Gagnier’s attorney told the Supreme Judicial Court Tuesday that a lifetime of physical and sexual abuse from her husband produced a climate of fear that rendered Gagnier incapable of helping the 10-year-old victim.

Gagnier was sentenced to three years in prison last June. Prosecutors said she gave the victim an antibiotic to treat a sexually transmitted disease and hide evidence of repeated sexual assaults.

But prosecutors countered that being a victim did not give Gagnier a pass on making someone else a victim.

The court did not immediately rule.

Gagnier’s husband was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

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Information from: Sun-Journal, https://www.sunjournal.com

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