A Georgia judge held little back Thursday when he berated a woman before sentencing her for her involvement in the molestation of her two young daughters, ages 6 and 8.
Amanda Arellano had just pleaded guilty to charges of rape and aggravated child molestation.
“Ms. Arellano, I don’t know that I have ever said a curse word from this bench,” said Bibb County Superior Court Judge Howard Simms. “But you may be the vilest b***h that I have ever met.”
The judge then spoke of “a special place in hell” for people like Arellano before sentencing her to 30 years in prison and lifetime probation as a sex offender.
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The sordid details of Arellano’s case had just been outlined in court hours before. The Telegraph of Macon, Georgia, reported that many sitting in the courtroom were moved to tears while hearing the graphic details of what the girls had endured.
Prosecutors alleged that Arellano, 29, and her 30-year-old boyfriend, Daniel Kelly Copeland, had incorporated Arellano’s daughters “into their sexual behaviors as a couple.”
The girls’ mother, prosecutors said, admitted to participating in sex acts with Copeland and the two girls. The alleged acts occurred in the latter half of 2011.
Authorities said that Arellano forced the girls to watch the couple having sex and then later helped at least one daughter perform sex acts on Copeland. At one point, it is alleged, Arellano held one of her daughters down while Copeland had sex with the girl.
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During one of the encounters, Arellano reportedly told one of the girls, “This is how men show you they love you.”
“I almost had to get up and walk out,” said one bailiff who was in the courtroom at the time the details were recounted.
Chief Assistant District Attorney Nancy Scott Malcor said she decided to accept Arellano’s plea in order to spare the girls from having to relive the abuse and testify in court during a trial.
“These girls have been through enough,” Malcor said.
Copeland, for his part in the crime, was sentenced to 25 years in prison last year after he pleaded guilty to rape and four counts of aggravated child molestation, according to the Albany Herald.
The case came to light after Copeland’s father went to authorities in early 2012. Copeland had admitted to his dad previously that he and Arellano had started involving the girls in their sex life.
When questioned by authorities, Copeland reportedly admitted that he and Arellano had started taking drugs that made them feel “especially sexual" and started performing sex acts in front of the children.
Malcor, who also prosecuted Copeland, said the girls’ mother then began having them perform sex acts on her boyfriend. Malcor said it became an “every night thing.”
Copeland is not eligible for parole. He, like Arellano, will be on lifetime probation as a sex offender when released.
Photo Source: The Telegraph