Woman accused of texting illicit photo of child enters plea

Christine Workman's mug shot from the Muskegon County Jail.

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (WOOD)— A woman who police say shared a “sexually suggestive” photo of her 3-year-old daughter with a former Sparta official has entered a plea.

Christine Workman appeared before a Muskegon County judge Monday and pleaded not guilty to charges of contributing to the delinquency or neglect of children.

Court records obtained by 24 Hour News 8 indicate former Sparta Village Council member Paul Hibbard sent a co-worker in Muskegon County texts requesting sexually explicit pictures of her three and six-year-old daughters.

Police said Workman’s illicit text messages with Hibbard included the photo of her young daughter.

An undated courtesy photo of Paul Hibbard.
An undated courtesy photo of Paul Hibbard.

Records show it was followed by a text message that Hibbard wanted to see more.

Hibbard resigned abruptly from the village council in September. He’s worked for Muskegon County for 20 years, assigned to facilities management.

Workman, 38, of Norton Shores, is a former Muskegon County Family Court worker who most recently was assigned to the county assessor’s office.

Both are on unpaid suspension.

A judge has removed Workman from her home.

Hibbard was formally charged with three counts of possessing child pornography and two counts of using a computer to commit a crime last week. If convicted, Hibbard faces up to 10 years in prison.

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