Jury finds Kennewick woman guilty of sexual exploitation

Kristin M. Kraemer, Tri-City HeraldJanuary 24, 2014 

PASCO -- A Kennewick woman is facing prison time after she was convicted Friday of participating in a lengthy photo shoot with a young teen girl posed in lingerie.

The Franklin County jury took less than two hours to return the guilty verdict against Suzette Angela Razzolini.

Razzolini, 41, had been charged with sexual exploitation of a minor with the aggravating circumstance that she used a position of trust to commit the crime.

The trial started Jan. 15 and went to the jury shortly before lunch Friday.

The charge carries a prison term of three years and 10 months to five years and one month, Deputy Prosecutor Brian Hultgrenn said. He could recommend additional time for the aggravating circumstance.

"I agree with the verdict. I think they made the right decision," Hultgrenn told the Herald.

Razzolini originally was charged in Benton County, but the case was dismissed and refiled in Franklin County because the September 2011 incident occurred in Pasco.

Benton County Sheriff's Detective Scott Runge discovered video of the photo shoot on a computer during a child molestation investigation involving Razzolini's husband, Daniel Paul Devorkin.

Jurors had to watch 4 1/2 hours of video during the trial, Hultgrenn said Friday.

In the video, Razzolini can be seen posing with the girl and an older teen, while also telling them what to wear and how to model seductively, according to court documents.

Devorkin took pictures and shot the video, which also shows the couple providing alcohol to the younger girl and drinking it with her, documents said.

The older teen was not included in the charge because she was not considered a minor by law.

Devorkin pleaded guilty in June 2012 to attempted child molestation and sexual exploitation of a minor for the same girl and got prison time.

Razzolini now is in the Franklin County jail awaiting sentencing. The law requires that people who have been convicted of a felony sex offense be held in custody.

The next hearing date was not set. It is mandatory for a presentencing report to be done before then, and that typically takes several weeks to complete.

Defense attorneys Norma Rodriguez and Michelle Alexander may ask for a Special Sex Offender Sentencing Alternative for their client, which would carry a reduced sentence and treatment, Hultgrenn said.

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