Ashley N. Jessup, 24, of 4338 Camden Circle, was indicted yesterday on two counts of rape, one count of endangering children and one count of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor. If convicted of raping the baby, she could be sentenced to life in prison, said Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien.
Jessup was arrested on Sept. 1 and is being held in the Jackson Pike jail in lieu of $1 million bond set by Municipal Judge Scott D. VanDerKarr.
O’Brien said Jessup emailed the videos to the boyfriend in Battle Creek, Mich., where his ex-girlfriend discovered them and contacted police.
According to a search warrant, Columbus police were alerted on Aug. 31 by a Michigan State Police officer. The officer said the videos “depicted Ashley Jessup performing sexually explicit acts with an infant.” He said he confirmed Jessup’s identity by looking at her Facebook page.
Columbus police searched the Camden Circle apartment, where Jessup lives with her mother, on Sept. 1. Among the items they seized were DVDs and CDs, a camera, an iPod, a cellphone and a laptop computer.