Adele Bouthillier will spend four years in federal prison for her role in a heroin overdose that killed a 17-year-old girl trafficked into prostitution, officials say.
The 43-year-old Groton woman, working with the teen as a prostitute for Ramon Gomez, pleaded guilty to charges in March, the U.S. attorney’s office said.
The girl’s overdose last year in a Groton motel sparked an investigation that revealed Gomez had brought her there to work as a prostitute, officials said.
On the morning of May 28, 2016, Bouthillier bought some heroin from Gomez and gave it to the victim to snort, officials said. Later that same day, Bouthillier found the girl unresponsive.
Authorities say she waited another four hours before calling 911.
When first responders arrived, they gave the victim two doses of the opioid overdose-reversing drug naloxone, but the victim could not be saved.
Bouthillier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor and possession with intent to distribute heroin, the U.S. attorney’s office said.
Gomez pleaded guilty to charges in November but has not yet been sentenced, officials said.