Woman sentenced to life in prison after changing pleas in child sex abuse case

Christina Matthews (Tulsa County Jail)

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- A Tulsa woman will spend the rest of her life behind bars after pleading guilty to child sexual abuse.

Christina Matthews was accused of allowing a boyfriend to sexually abuse her children and even participating in the abuse.

Matthews initially pleaded not guilty and a jury was sworn in, but the Tulsa County District Attorney's Office says she halted the proceedings Wednesday and asked to change her pleas.

Matthews ultimately pleaded no contest to two charges of child sexual abuse. She also pleaded guilty to one count of permitting child sexual abuse and one count of child neglect.

Judge Kelly Greenough sentenced Matthews to four concurrent life sentences.

The man accused of abusing Matthews' children, Brian Campbell, was convicted late last year and a jury recommended he spend life in prison. His formal sentencing is scheduled for March 28.

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