BLOOMFIELD, Iowa (KYOU) – Kendra Hoover will avoid prison time for her part in the sexual abuse of her now 9-year-old daughter.
In today’s court hearing, the judge formally sentenced Hoover to 5 years’ probation, and she cannot come in contact with the victim, the victim foster’s parents, her other three children, and any other kids under the age of 18.
In January 2020, Hoover accepted a plea deal that included a sentence of 20 years in prison, but the sentence was suspended.
Hoover was arrested as a part of an investigation into her husband Steven Douglas Crook Jr. of Bloomfield.
According to court records in November 2017, Crook recorded— sometime live streaming himself violently raping the couple’s daughter online.
The victim’s attorney from the law offices of Faulkner, Broerman and Lindgren Law Office said the abuse from the father began when the girl was 11 months, her mother knew, and chose to ignore it.
Law enforcement rescued the girl and arrested Crook from their home in March 2018, when she was six years old.
In 2019 Crook, was sentenced to 120 years in prison after pleading guilty to four counts of sexual exploitation of a child, according to Iowa court records.
Also, in 2019 Hoover was arrested and charged with 14 felony counts, seven counts of neglect of a dependent person and seven counts of child endangerment in the case.
During the court hearing today, the victim’s attorney read a statement from the 9-year-old that said, “I wish my mom could be in jail forever […] I wish I had a pill to forget what happened to me.”
“I should have been in foster care sooner […] I only got abused everyday [… and] I don’t think my mom loves me because she hurt me. I am scared to have children,” said the victim in her written statement read in court.
The victim’s attorney said she is disappointed in today’s ruling but respects the judge’s decision.
Hoover and Crook had four children together.
All four of the children are now in foster care, and Hoover’s and Crook’s parental rights are terminated. The parents can no longer see the children.
The judge says if Hoover violates her sentence, she could appear in court again.
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