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Jurors in sex crime trial watch video of Lawrence woman’s interrogation

The prosecutor says the woman knew her husband was abusing two young girls and didn't report it.

October 1, 2010

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The attorney for a 33-year-old Lawrence woman accused of crimes against children, requested his client be allowed to leave the room as jurors were about to watch a video of her being interrogated by police.

“It was a traumatic experience,” defense attorney Napoleon Crews said. “She doesn’t want to relive it by watching it again.”

Shortly after the defendant left the room, the DVD played. Jurors and the rest of the court turned their attention to a large television at the front of the room to watch as Lawrence police detectives interviewed the woman back in June.

The woman’s trial began Wednesday afternoon. She faces two counts of child endangerment and one count of lewd and lascivious behavior. Her husband faces a January trial on multiple charges, including three counts of child rape.

He’s accused of having sex with and molesting the two girls, now 9 and 11 years old, over a two-year period at the couple’s home in north-central Lawrence.

At the beginning of the video, the court watched a pastor enter the room advising the woman to tell the truth, then they prayed together.

After the pastor left the room, two police detectives began the interrogation. They told her that her husband was under arrest and had just confessed to having sex with two girls, ages 8 and 10 at the time.

“Oh my,” she said on the video as she cried.

The detectives repeatedly asked the woman, who at the time wasn’t under arrest, to be truthful.

“I’m not sure how much help I’ll be to you,” she said at one point.

They asked her to describe how she met her husband and when the couple moved to Lawrence. She said that they met at church in Virginia and had lived in Lawrence for four years.

One of the detectives asked her how she and her husband knew the alleged victims. She told the detectives that the girls lived in Topeka. The accused couple met the family through Heritage Baptist Church, which is in northwest Lawrence.

Amy McGowan, a chief assistant Douglas County district attorney, told jurors Wednesday that the girls would frequently spend time at the couple’s home after school one day a week before evening church service.

The girls reportedly told their parents about the alleged abuse in June.

The detectives asked the woman about her home life. She told them that she worked for a company contracted with the Home Shopping Network. She told them she processed orders over the phone from her home and was often busy.

That’s when police suggested the woman may have known about the alleged abuse.

“Maybe you were home when some of these things happened?” one of the detectives asked her.

Later in the interrogation, she was asked about a specific incident in which she allegedly showed her genitalia to a 10-year-old girl.

“He (her husband) said she (alleged victim) was curious and wanted to see what it looked like,” she said.

After additional questions she also told the detectives that on several occasions, she was engaged in sexual activity with her husband, when she said she was surprised to realize that the 10-year-old girl was hiding in the room watching.

She also told the detectives that her husband had purchased sexual devices for the girl.

“I didn’t realize they were for her; they were supposed to be for me, not for anybody else,” she said.

The trial in District Judge Peggy Kittel’s courtroom is scheduled to last through Friday.

The Journal-World generally does not name sex-crime defendants unless they have been convicted.

Comments

JovianaRex 3 years, 6 months ago

Although most people seem firmly attached to those pedestals that they inhabit, up in the lofty, ethereal heights of condemnation, clucking and finger shaking (of any species), I would remind you ALL of ONE NAME: "Oliver O'Grady" ....and that's not fiction folks. It's good ole' California Catholicism in the Swingin" Seventies!! You GOT it folks!! Ole Ollie O'Grady was every 7 year olds "best overnight buddy" with the blessing (and convenient relocation services) of the Cardinal who is now our nearest and dearest Best Loved Pontiff. Yes, Ratzinger headed the main commitee that addressed that "little whoopsie" area that the Church loves/hates and needs to keep hidden, just like the clever man with those three little acorns...now you see'em, now you don't! And that's just what you can say about O'Grady AND these folks here in OUR little county tribunal. UNLIKE O'Grady, THESE people were NOT given a THIRTY year career to shelter in, so that they could perfect their "approach". No, these folks were turned in, by people who were as horrified as all of you. . O'Grady raped children, when he slept IN THEIR HOMES..... all you who have the nerve to condemn...if you know about this, take some time to analyze what a far more wealthy, and powerful organization, (btw, it's a much more "acceptable" church for many of you) DID HERE, in this country. It's a documentary called "Deliver Us From Evil." It tells the truth that no US Court Justice---state or federal--- ever was given the opportunity to hear or sentence. So give some credit where credit is due, all you incredulous idealists who see no reflection in the mirror that is less than perfect.

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Bob Kraxner 3 years, 6 months ago

Once again, some of you wish to waste MY tax dollars supporting these creatures for years and years, when it would be far better punishment to neuter the both of them, put them on permanent house arrest, and make them pay restitution to the victims for the remainder of their lives, till they both die, old and broken, with no money saved, then we should pay only for a basic paupers funeral. This would be much cheaper than housing them in prison for 30-40 years each, considering the outrageous cost for inmate housing these days.

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jackbinkelman 3 years, 6 months ago

Is this woman slow or something.. It doesn't make sense. .. very strange.

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truckinman 3 years, 6 months ago

WELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL too damn bad that it was going to upset her too bad to watch the film.!!!!!!!! what do u think the little girls felt like!!!!!!! SCUMMMMMMMMMm TRASH!!!!!!!!!!! throw the book at them and hope life in prison GETS EM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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TheEleventhStephanie 3 years, 6 months ago

“He (her husband) said she (alleged victim) was curious and wanted to see what it looked like,” she said.

Ew. That doesn't just naturally come up in conversations between men and little girls, I wouldn't think....

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middlemgmt 3 years, 6 months ago

Agree with all three of the previous posts!

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alm77 3 years, 6 months ago

"on several occasions, she was engaged in sexual activity with her husband, when she said she was surprised to realize that the 10-year-old girl was hiding in the room watching." On several occasions? On that first occasion, as my grandma used to say, she should have cut him two ways, wide and deep.

OldE, I agree. Her tale doesn't hold up, she's a sicko too.

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 3 years, 6 months ago

The part about showing her "parts" to the kids... that's what's gonna get her convicted. That's where it's clear that she's involved in the matter. Babysitting ain't sex ed, and sex ed ain't about dropping your pants. She's a liar. He's a controller. These girls were victimized by them both.

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ku_tailg8 3 years, 6 months ago

This is garbage. When you have trash you take it to the curb. These folks are total trash and deserve whatever prison time thy get. I'm tired of victims not getting justice. Let justice do its thing and lock these people up for a long time.

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