A man raped his daughters over decades. One gave birth to his children.
Kevin Grasha, Cincinnati Enquirer - Published 12:43 p.m. ET July 2, 2019 | Updated 2:23 p.m. ET July 2, 2019
A Hamilton County man raped his three daughters over two decades, officials said.
He fathered two children with one daughter. Another became pregnant when she was a teenager, but she had a miscarriage.
According to court documents, one daughter was raped a few times a month beginning when she was 13 until she was 25.
The girls' mother, who was described as having mental health issues, didn’t stop it from happening and initially faced sexual battery charges.
On Tuesday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court, a case that prosecutors and the judge said they’d never seen before came to a conclusion with the 54-year-old mother being sentenced to probation.
The woman's husband, who is 55, pleaded guilty to multiple counts of rape and sexual battery and in May was sentenced to 45 years in prison. Hamilton County Assistant Prosecutor Seth Tieger said he considers it a life sentence.
The family lived in Whitewater Township and Riverside, records show.
Two of the daughters, now 27 and 30, said during their mother’s sentencing Tuesday that she had also been a victim. They didn’t want her to go to prison.
The 27-year-old said her mother had been “in a deep depression” all those years.
“I believe that she wasn’t all there (or) strong enough to really do what she needed,” the daughter told Judge Ethna Cooper.
The older daughter said her mother was abused mentally, was helpless and had nowhere to go.
Their father, she said, “just drove her into the mud.”
The 54-year-old woman had no criminal record, no driver’s license and no job. Her attorney, John Kennedy Jr., told Cooper she was in a situation “that was beyond her capacity to deal with.”
She pleaded guilty to reduced felony charges of child endangering and faced up to six years in prison.
Cooper imposed two years of probation, saying she considered the wishes of prosecutors – who sought no prison time – as well as the woman’s daughters. Cooper also noted that a psychologist’s report said the woman had endured years of “mental and physical torture.”
The woman wore a black skirt, grey-and-white paisley top and a black headband in her hair. She appeared exhausted and spoke in a soft voice.
“I know I did wrong, and I should have been there for my children, and I wish I would have been,” she told Cooper. Then she began crying and didn’t say anything further.