An Ohio woman and her boyfriend both pleaded guilty Wednesday to raping the woman’s young children.
The Associated Press reports 32-year-old Bobbi Sue Pack, of Wheelersburg, Ohio, was sentenced to 10 years in prison as part of a plea agreement in which she pleaded guilty to two counts of rape.
Her boyfriend, Juan Carlos Sanchez, 45, pleaded guilty to two counts of rape and a single count of child endangering. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Still to be tried in the case is 52-year-old Edwina Louis, Pack’s mother, who declined a plea deal and will face a jury trial later this year.
The case gained national attention in February 2014 when police rescued Pack’s two daughters, who were 9 and 11 years old at the time, and her 8-year-old son from the abusive home. A 2-year-old girl who also lived in the house was removed from the home but showed no signs of abuse.
Police were called to the home on a tip from a teacher at the Ohio Virtual Academy, an online school attended by the 11-year-old girl. The girl reportedly emailed her teacher asking the instructor to call 911 because she and her siblings were being “tied to the beds and beat,” according to the Daily Mail.
Scioto County Sheriff’s Office Capt. David Hall said shortly after removing the children from the home that he was disturbed by what he saw there.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime, a once-in-a-career case,” Hall was quoted as saying in the New York Daily News. “It’s horrific, emotional and awful for everyone involved. But those kids? They are so brave, and they would just warm your heart if you could see them. Thank God for their good little spirits.”
Police believe the couple withheld food from the children and kept groceries under lock and key.
During the sentencing hearing for Pack and Sanchez, Assistant Scioto County Prosecutor Pat Apel described some of what the children endured.
“They tied these children up and refused to feed them and when they found out they could get out of the ropes, they changed to chains - dog chains and chained them to the bed,” Apel said, according to the Portsmouth Daily Times. “In 2014 it was discovered that Sanchez was literally raping both daughters.”
A therapist, who treated the children and testified at the hearing, said the kids were “almost feral” after being abused for nearly two years, according to the Daily Mail.
Assistant Scioto County Prosecutor Julie Hutchinson told the Daily Times she realized the plea arrangements let the couple off with relatively light sentences, but she also had to think of the children.
“They [Pack and Sanchez] don’t deserve what they’re getting, but these kids don’t deserve to go through a trial,” she said.
Photo Credit: Scioto County Sheriff's Office via The Daily Mail