A Wisconsin woman was arrested after she allegedly drugged a 10-year-old child's drink and forced him to perform sex acts on her.
Tara Gotovnik, 35, is charged with first-degree sexual assault of a child and delivery of a controlled substance, according to WITI.
The victim's father reported the alleged assault to the police on Aug. 7, according to the Journal Sentinel. He said he had just picked up his son from Gotovnik's home when his son said he never wanted to go back.
According to the complaint, the 10-year-old child was at Gotovnik's home when she put sleeping pills in his frozen beverage, resulting in double vision and slurred speech. She then allegedly undressed both herself and the child and ordered him to perform a sex act.
At one point Gotovnik reportedly used sex toys on the child.
The complaint also states that following the assault, Gotovnik told the child that they could "go online and make money for doing it."
Greendale police interviewed the child the next day, and he described the encounter in detail. He also reported a previous incident in which he said Gotovnik forced him to take a pill that made him feel dizzy. He said the pill also caused him to vomit and urinate on himself.
When investigators searched Gotovnik's home, they discovered sex toys that were consistent with the boy's description. They also found pill containers, including a container for sleeping pills, and collected them as evidence.
During her interview with police, Gotovnik denied the sexual assault allegations.
"I don't remember anything from that night," she told police.
However, Gotovnik reportedly admitted to giving the young boy Ambien, a powerful sedative, on two separate occasions, including the night of the alleged assault.
Under Wisconsin state law, first-degree sexual assault of a child is a Class B felony, which carries a penalty of up to 60 years in prison, according to FindLaw. If the child is under the age of 13 and the assault causes physical injury to the child, the offense is upgraded to a Class A felony, which carries a penalty of life imprisonment.
Studies indicate that 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys are victims of child sexual abuse, according to the National Center for Victims of Crime. However, precise numbers are difficult to determine, as many instances of child sex abuse go unreported.