Crime

Woman Sentenced To Nine Years In Prison After Sexually Abusing Two Young Girls

| by Jonathan Constante

An Ohio woman has been sentenced to nine years in prison after reportedly forcing two young girls to perform oral sex on her.

Ashley Ragusa, 32, of Toledo, was charged with three counts of gross sexual imposition for the sexual abuse of two young girls described by Lucas County Judge Myron Duhart as “almost like a horror movie,” the Toledo Blade reported.

The incidents occurred between January 2012 and Dec. 24, 2013. Ragusa entered Alford pleas on Aug. 4, where no admission of guilt is stated.

Prosecutors say Ragusa forced the girls to perform oral sex on her and the judge said the children were constantly subjected to violent fights between Ragusa and her boyfriend.

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The children’s current caregiver also told the court that the young girls now have problems with trust, food hoarding, acting out and many other issues as a result of the mistreatment they faced by Ragusa.

“There were acts that were perpetrated on these children that in my mind are unconscionable,” Judge Duhart told Ragusa in court. “Those actions and those conditions on those children are horrific.

“I don’t think there is a sentence I could give you that would right those wrongs. I’m not sure it’s in my power to dispense any justice commensurate with what those children suffered.”

Ragusa told the court her life began spiraling out of control after her father passed away and her marriage deteriorated. She then became depressed and turned to drugs.

“I look back and I am ashamed,” she said, adding that she’s made progress after spending a year in jail. “I don’t even recognize that person.

“Not only am I sober, I’ve had time to reflect on my life, how it was, who I was, what I want, and what I need to do to change it.”

Ragusa had no prior criminal history, but the judge found that she had shown no genuine remorse. Ragusa has been ordered to register as a child sex offender for life and will spend nine years in prison.

Sources: Toledo Blade, Daily Mirror

Photo Credit: Daily Mirror