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Prosecutor says Lawrence woman knew her husband was sexually abusing two girls

September 29, 2010

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A Douglas County prosecutor told jurors Wednesday that a Lawrence woman knew her husband was having sex with two young girls but failed to tell anyone.

“She never went to police with this information,” said Amy McGowan, a chief assistant Douglas County district attorney. “She never told (the girls’ family) about any of this at all.”

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. McGowan told jurors Wednesday that the girls and their siblings, who lived with their parents in Topeka, would frequently spend time at the couple’s home after school one day a week before evening church services.

The girls’ family met the couple through Heritage Baptist Church, which is northwest of Lawrence. McGowan said that in June the girls told their parents and accused the man of having sex with them.

The family then told the church’s pastor, who later notified police. Police interviewed the couple for several hours before arresting them.

But the woman’s attorney during his opening statement Wednesday said other adults involved in the case, including the girls’ mother and church members, suspected something had happened before his client did. Those adults have not been charged in the case, he said.

“She’s been in jail for four months,” defense attorney Napoleon Crews said. “She was there and is there because of a suspicion that she had some idea of what was going on with these little girls.”

McGowan said the woman kept changing her story about when she first began to notice her husband having sexual interactions with the girls and when her husband told her about it. McGowan said that at the order of her husband the woman also lifted her skirt to show one of the girls.

Crews said the police interview of his client only shows that after four hours of interrogation she mentioned being suspicious on one occasion because her husband met her at the top of the stairs apparently to stop her from entering the bedroom.

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

Practicality 4 years, 6 months ago

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kansasredlegs 4 years, 6 months ago

Yep, lock 'em up, shoot 'em too!!! Yeah, that's what civilized societies do!!! Prosecutors are always right!!! Police investigators are always right!!!! People under suspicion or targets of investigations are always guilty!!! - Ask John and Patsy Ramsey about being cast in suspicion. Oh, snap... she's dead and took to her grave people leering at her thinking she had killed her daughter when the fact was that the myopic investigators and prosecutors simply went for a quick easy kill. Oops, got that wrong didn't they?

I'll sit back and wait for the jury to hear and see all the facts before I ever accept your quick, idiot solution.

Kelly Johnson 4 years, 6 months ago

Do you actually know anything about the JonBenet Ramsey case or are you just randomly trying to make a point? John & Patsy Ramsey cast suspicion upon themselves by trying to leave town immediately and not talking to investigators for months!

acg 4 years, 6 months ago

If the charges prove true, they should both get the death penalty. Her for being a mom and letting that SOB rape her kids (I can't even imagine!!!) and for him, well it's obvious. Scumbags! Both of them! With no intrinsic value to our society at all.

Ricky_Vaughn 4 years, 6 months ago

Where does it say they were her kids? Did they even have children of their own?

Steve Jacob 4 years, 6 months ago

Rule one, don't talk to police without a lawyer. This might a tricky case if there are no witnesses against her, and after she paints her husband as the monster he is. (Opps, alleged monster).

TheEleventhStephanie 4 years, 6 months ago

Yeah and what about the girls' parents? They told the PASTOR before they notified the cops? Did they want to protect their kids, or did they want to protect the sleaze who was molesting them?

guesswho84 4 years, 6 months ago

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christie 4 years, 6 months ago

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mdrndgtl 4 years, 6 months ago

I have to wonder, how would a priest act in the same situation?

TopJayhawk 4 years, 6 months ago

Topekans abused by Lawrence folk.
Nah, gotta be a typo. We all know it only works the other way around

begin60 4 years, 6 months ago

If anyone is completely tainted by dishonesty and filth its the lying Douglas County prosecutors. I fricking hate liars, and people around Lawrence and KU take it even one step further. Not only are they shameless liars, they are also hopelessly incompetent and ignorant. The ethos back in the progressive state of KS and especially in Douglas County smells to heaven. God have mercy on thinking, decent people who step foot in this muck--- among which Judge Peggy Kittel and the local lying lawyer's club certainly aren't.

Amy Heeter 4 years, 6 months ago

There are alot of people in the system we call justice. Some are good and some are bad. You buddy are barking up the wrong tree if you think Peggy Kittle is one of the bad guys. Now if you think she is unfair because she protests children then that one is on you. I have known Peggy Kittle for many years and she is niether filthy or a liar. In fact she is a one of the finest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.

madameX 4 years, 6 months ago

Of course(!) although I don' t know that there's quite as much to discuss. I think this is a bit different from the case yesterday, partly because there's actual information about the woman in question in this article. Also, I don't see anything to suggest that this woman would have been in danger if she'd reported what was going on (provided she knew, and even to the kids' parents or to the pastor or someone if not the police) the way I'd speculated the mom from yesterday may have been trying to leave a violent SO. The basic problem of someone not doing something to protect kids is the same, but the circumstances seem to be pretty different. Provided she did know what was going on I don't see that any of the possible mitigating circumstances from yesterday's case are present in this case. Especially considering that these weren't even her kids, I don't see how it would have been difficult to stop having them over to the house.

However, I still stand by my statement from before that whatever this woman did or didn't do to protect those kids, her husband is still the POS that thought molesting them was an okay thing to do. I'd hate to see people get caught up in blaming her for not preventing it but losing sight of the fact that he could have, you know, not done it in the first place.

begin60 4 years, 6 months ago

There's no dealing with liars in open court, Mr. Superior. The game is rigged; the deck is loaded. When you've been raped, and illegally violated, then punished by the evil perps, the only strategy is avoidance. When people have no respect for decent boundaries, it's a done game. The hate, ignorance, and lies I've met in Lawrence know no bounds. I've tasted enough of southern enlightenment right in KS and have returned to civilization.

Kelly Johnson 4 years, 6 months ago

So this woman's defense is that other people knew about it, too, but they're not in trouble so why should she be? Great logic.

sickofdummies 4 years, 6 months ago

People like 'begin' scare me even more than the sicko pediphile who hurt these children! Crazy dude!

missmagoo 4 years, 6 months ago

Agreed. Reminds me of the torture case in Independence, MO with the father and all his sons. The wife went to their pastor when she found all the evidence. People are sick! These are CHILDREN. Defenseless CHILDREN.

Just_as_if 4 years, 6 months ago

Isn't it amazing how people can pass judgment without knowing all of the facts? If they are guilty, the court will decide what to do. And why shift blame to ANYONE besides the people who actually might have committed the crime?

jonas_opines 4 years, 6 months ago

Looks like somebody here woke up with yet another strong case of the I-hate-most-everybodies.

middlemgmt 4 years, 6 months ago

The bottom line is that it's everyone in society's job to protect defenseless children. ANYONE who even suspects that a child is being abused needs to step in and help the children.

begin60 4 years, 6 months ago

The local liars club (which is HUGE and includes Peggy Kittel and the fawning local bumpkin lawyers that bootlick KU) needs to learn to mind its own business--aggressive fricking profilers who get up in complete strangers' business then blame the victim with lying southern justice character assassination! Good Smaritans, my butt. That's some spin you got going there. To criminalize up someone speaking up about being fricking grabbed and molested on the hate-filled streets and quads of a backward town, which the evil Douglas County prosecuters are wont to do, is despicable.

Yep, if most people in Lawrence are as aggressive, prejudiced and dishonest as the ones I've run into, they deserve only scorn--not affection. It's no love lost. Kissing to kill seems to be the only way these people know to relate to others. Minding your own ignorant business is the first step in learning to be tolerant, one few dummies in Lawrence, KS have mastered.

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