ST. CLOUD -- A woman accused of helping her husband sexually abuse a teenage girl has been sentenced to 18-years in prison and will be on conditional release for the rest of her life.

Thirty-nine-year-old Nikki Hauser pleaded guilty in July to three felony counts of aiding and abetting 1st-degree criminal sexual conduct with a victim under 16-years-old including a significant relationship and multiple acts over time.

Court records show Hauser aided her husband, 47-year-old Shannon Hauser in the abuse dating back to before 2011 when Shannon Hauser was in prison on child pornography charges. Nikki Hauser would hand the phone to the girl when Shannon Hauser called and he would direct the girl to describe sex acts to him as she performed them.

Shannon Hauser - Stearns County Jail photo
Shannon Hauser - Stearns County Jail photo

The victim told a social worker the abuse escalated when Shannon Hauser was let out of prison in 2012 and continued until early 2017. Hauser would make the victim perform sex acts on him and then Nikki Hauser would also engage in sex acts with the girl.

The victim described the abuse as happening at least once per week over those years and at times up to three times per day.

Court records show the child is suffering from major depression disorder, anxious stress, trauma and stressor-related disorder directly linked to sexual abuse.

Shannon Hauser pleaded guilty in January and is serving a 42-year prison term.

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