A Massachusetts woman who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing an infant in her care has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Desiree Daigle, 26, of Salisbury, received a sentence from Chief U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV, who also imposed five years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Rachel Rollins’ office said Monday.

“There are no words to adequately describe how truly reprehensible this behavior is. Ms. Daigle violated the trust placed in her by a friend and sexually assaulted a defenseless infant in her care,” Rollins said in a statement. “That she documented the abuse for the perverse pleasure of herself and others is truly disgusting. Ms. Daigle is a danger to our communities and deserves every day of this prison sentence.”

On June 24, Daigle pleaded guilty to a charge of child sexual exploitation. She was arrested in 2018 along with Thomas Cross, an Amesbury man who was charged with possession, possession and distribution of child pornography.

Cross was arrested again in June 2020 for allegedly violating the terms of his pretrial release for having an Internet access device.

Prosecutors said Daigle had images of an infant in her care taken at her home. She allegedly made plans for Cross to meet the child in person “so they could sexually assault the child together.”

“Desiree Daigle’s actions were beyond horrific,” said Joseph R. Bonavalonto, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston division. “She violated the trust placed in her by her friends and sexually exploited a child in her care. No child should ever be subjected to this and no sentence can erase the damage done to this child and his family.’