A judge today denied bond for a woman who told Orange County deputies she had sex with a 7-year-old girl to prove her love for her married boyfriend.
Margaret Ann O'Neill of Kissimmee is "a danger to the community,'' said Judge Bob LeBlanc. She was returned to the Orange County Jail.
O'Neill, 26, admitted to sheriff's investigators that she had sex with the child three times, a sheriff's report said.
O'Neill told detectives that her lover, Christopher P. Smith, 32, promised to leave his wife for her, and "she was led to believe that by giving herself to Smith's sexual appetites proves her love for him," the report states.
Smith was arrested Dec. 5 after another woman said he asked her to have sex with the child, now 8, according to the report.
O'Neill was arrested late last year on charges of sexual battery on a child younger than 12 and criminal conspiracy to commit sexual battery.
Smith is jailed on 24 counts of sexual battery on a child younger than 12, lewd or lascivious molestation and conspiracy to commit sexual battery. He, too, remains held at the jail.
During today's hearing, her defense attorney Michael Lafay wanted a $50,000 to $75,000 bond.
The prosecutor objected, saying O'Neill was a danger to the community and faces life sentences for her five sexual battery counts.
Assistant State Attorney Deborah Barra said O'Neill admitted to the child sex and gave vivid details, such as the child crying during some of the acts and holding the child between her legs.
Also, O' Neill worked with children at a day care. She is also related to a recently retired member of the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff's Office sex-crimes detective Granger Prunier testified about O'Neill's alleged acts today.
The child was made to perform sex acts on O'Neill. Smith allegedly told the child "she'd better do it right or he would spank her," the detective said.
O'Neill also performed a sex act on the child, the detective said.
An examination of the child later showed she suffered injuries.
O'Neill was also identified by a butterfly tattoo, which Smith's wife had seen in a video.
The detective also said Smith manipulated and threatened O'Neill and that she loved him, but she was also afraid of what he might do if she didn't do what he said.
But she told law enforcement that Smith's only threat was that he wouldn't love her anymore if she didn't engage in the child sex.