TYLER - Shauntel Mayo - the woman that organized the "Mineola Swinger's Club" and forced her own children to perform there - was found guilty in a Smith County Courthouse Thursday.
The jury decided 29-year-old Shauntel Mayo's fate in less than five minutes.
She received the maximum sentence of life behind bars and required to pay a $10,000 fine for engaging in organized criminal activity. She will be eligible for parole in 25 years.
"The unthinkable," said Smith County assistant district attorney Joe Murphy. "She had her kids have sex with each other and taught them to masterbate. She taught them how to strip. She withheld food from them. All so she could make money."
The so-called "Mineola Swinger's Club" is a place where Mayo forced her kids to go, if they wanted dinner.
Inside that 'club', which was a rented-out business that ironically once served as a daycare and hospital, Mayo and five others are accused of running an operation that forced young children to dance and perform sexual skits for food.
Five of the children are now in custody and three of them are Mayo's kids.
Texas Ranger Phillip Kemp, the lead investigator in the case, testified Wednesday that he believes that at least 15 more kids 'performed' at the "Mineola Swinger's Club" - but the investigation to locate them continues.
In March and less than 10 minutes after deliberating, a Smith County jury found Mayo's live-in boyfriend, 36-year-old Jaime Pittman, guilty of aggravated sexual assault of a child and he was sentenced to life behind bars. Mayo's mother, Sheila Sones, is also charged in connection wtih this case.
At the times the alleged assaults took place in 2005, the defendant's children were a five-year-old girl, six-year-old boy and seven-year-old girl. The sibling's aunt and defendant's sister, who was also six-years- old, also testified she was forced to dance and have sex with the other children.
Late Wednesday afternoon, three young children and one teenager, took the stand and answered questions about Mayo's involvement in the case.
"We learned to strip (at 'kindergarten')," said the seven-year-old. " I had to touch my privates with my sister's and brother's privates for the people in the club."
The little boy testified about stripping for an audience that paid money to watch.
KETK does not identify sexual assault victims nor the new parents of these children.
According to the adoptive mother's testimony, three years removed from the sex ring, the kids still suffer extreme behavioral, emotional and physical problems.
One after another, the children described in graphic detail of a place they dubbed 'kindergarten.'
At 'kindergarten,' they said they learned how to strip, dance and perform sexual acts. First on dolls, then on each other. They also testified about 'silly pills.' Those pills were what each kid described they were given before going on stage. Prosecutors testified that the pills were likely Vicodin.
Upon "graduating" from 'kindergarten' the children said they moved on to "perform" at the club. After patrons paid a fee to get in, the kids say they had sexual contact with other children in front of an audience - including siblings and family members.
Jury members -- six men and four women -- cried as the kids testified. The children would not look at their mother until prosecutors asked them to identify and article of clothing she was wearing. Mayo sobbed upon seeing her kids and hearing the recollection of the events that took place, allegedly, in her care.
The children were adopted by a 60-year-old woman and man who said they have served as foster parents for 37 years. (found at KETK NBC 56)