A Missouri couple has been arrested after repeatedly raping a girl who was younger than 14 years old and keeping her as a sex slave in their home, police said.
The abuse started in 2016. Larry and Alicia Dykes, both 42 years old, are accused of repeatedly raping a girl that was younger than 14 at the time, sometimes even handcuffing and blindfolding her, The Kansas City Star reported.
"This couple had this girl as a sex slave," said Webster County Prosecutor Ben Berkstresser.
According to court documents, Larry would rape the girl while his wife watched. He also coerced the child to perform oral sex on him about three times a day. The abuse went on for more than a year, the Springfield News-Leader reported.
Police learned about the abuse after a friend of the victim alerted them. Prosecutors said that they are expecting additional charges to be filed against Larry for a second victim.
The 14-year-old reportedly knew the couple. Both Larry and Alicia reportedly admitted to having sexual relations with the victim. They are both currently in police custody on $500,000 bonds.
Larry has been charged with a total of 10 felonies, including five counts of statutory sodomy and another five counts of statutory rape.
Alicia was charged with three counts of statutory sodomy.
If convicted on all charges, Larry could spend the rest of his life behind bars. His attorney has not responded to requests for comments, and no attorney was listed for Alicia.
The couple's arrest comes shortly after disgraced Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 175 years for sex crimes committed against numerous patients over the course of two decades, HuffPost reported.
Some victims called out Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics in their impact statements for allowing the abuse to continue.
"A simple fact is this: If Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee had paid attention to any of the red flags in Larry Nassar’s behavior, I never would have met him, I never would have been 'treated' by him, I never would have been abused by him," McKayla Maroney said.
"I knew that he abused me. I reported it," added Amanda Thomashow. "Michigan State University had the audacity to tell me I did not understand the difference between sexual assault and a medical procedure."
Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics, stepped down from his position in March. SU doctor Brooke Lemmen and MSU gymnastics coach Kathie Klage have also both resigned.