Hutchinson The wife of a convicted child molester was sentenced to 18 months probation for keeping her daughter out of the state so she could not testify about being molested by her adoptive father, former Trego County Sheriff Ryan Bloom.
Jessica Bloom was sentenced Monday for aiding a felon and conspiracy to aid a felon.
Ryan Bloom, who was also a teacher at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, was sentenced Dec. 15 to 27 years in prison on a count of rape and six counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child.
Jessica Bloom's sentence came after Reno County District Judge Richard Rome rejected her motion to withdraw a guilty plea she entered in November.
"I wanted to withdraw the plea because I don't think I'm guilty," Bloom said. "Before this, I was naive to the justice system, but now I know that completely innocent people can go to jail."
Bloom repeated earlier statements that the Reno County District attorney's office had assured her that her daughter would not have to testify in the case. She also said she had been given bad advice by attorneys.
Jessica Bloom's mother, Barbara Johnson, has also pleaded guilty to felony aggravated intimidation of a witness. She is to be sentenced in January.