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Two parents and half-siblings have been sentenced to a combined 108 years in prison for abusing their two young daughters in what has been described by a prosecutor as the most disturbing case he has ever worked on. 

Robert Eugene Clark, 39, and his half-sister, Samantha Simmons, 30, both of Rockbridge County, Virginia, were sentenced in June 2017, according to The Roanoke Times. 

Clark received 65 years in prison after being convicted of rape, aggravated sexual battery, taking indecent liberties, and other charges. 

Simmons was convicted on 11 counts including aggravated sexual battery, sodomy, and endangerment of a child. She was sentenced to 43 years in prison. 

"There's no other way to describe this than as a family orgy," Chief Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Jared Moon said, according to The Roanoke Times. 

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The two victims, aged 3 and 8 at the time of the abuse, were removed from their home after police arrived in 2015 to do a welfare check at the request of a neighbor. 

WSET reports that when an officer arrived at the home, he found it swarming with insects and stinking of urine and feces. 

"There was clothing, papers, trash, feces and cockroaches everywhere, a social services caseworker said while testifying about her visit to the home, according to The Roanoke Times. "You walked in the home and the cockroaches would literally jump on you and crawl all over your body." 

At the time the sisters were removed, the younger girl could only say her sister's name and the word "no."

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"She was a feral child; that's the only way I could describe her," Peggy Sigler, the social services caseworker, said, according to The Roanoke Times. 

After the girls were placed in foster care, the older sister told her foster mother about the abuse the sisters had endured. 

The Daily Mail reports that over four months in 2015, Clark repeatedly raped and sexually abused both daughters, forced them to perform sexual acts on each other, and whipped them with a belt while they were naked. 

WSET also reports that the girls were forced to watch pornography and often bled from their abuse.

"They were taught to perform sexual acts more so than they were taught to brush their teeth," Moon told The Roanoke Times. 

Attorneys for Clark and Simmons argued that their clients were also victims of child sex abuse. 

Simmons' attorney told the court that his client had been abused by two male family members and had become a "quivering rabbit" incapable of recognizing her actions were wrong. 

Clark's attorney argued that his client has mild mental retardation and cannot live in an unstructured setting.

Speaking before the court, Clark said he was just fine staying in jail for the foreseeable future. 

"As long as I have a roof over my head, a bed to sleep on and three meals to eat, I'm happy," he said, according to The Roanoke Times.

Sources: The Roanoke Times, Daily Mail, WSET / Featured Image: Thomas R. Machnitzki/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Rockbridge Regional Jail via The Roanoke Times, Rockbridge Regional Jail via The Roanoke Times

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