Tuesday, January 25, 2000

Guilty plea in endangerment

Mom let daughter, 13, have sex at home

Enquirer Contributor

        MASON — A Mason mother could face 10 years in prison for allowing a 19-year-old man to spend the night in her home and have sex with her adolescent daughter.

        The woman, 44, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of child endangering, said Warren County Prosecutor Tim Oliver. She will be sentenced in about 30 days and could end up with 1-5 years in prison on each count. There is no mandatory jail time.

        The charges stem from three incidents at the family's home between Oct. 21 and Oct. 25. The daughter was 13.

        The Mason mom was originally charged with three counts of corruption of a minor and one count of child endangering. In a plea bargain last week, prosecutors dropped the three corruption charges in exchange for a second count of child endangering.

        “She actually pleaded guilty to the more serious charges,” Mr. Oliver said. “I did not expect a trial in this case. Obviously, the daughter was not going to be real pleased about testifying against her mother.”

        The Clermont County man met the daughter over the Internet. Both the mother and girl told him the youngster was 16, Mr. Oliver said.

        That was why no charges were filed against the 19-year-old. The offender must know the victim is younger than 16 to meet the elements of the crime.

        That bothered Donald Oda II, the woman's attorney.

        “It's troubling that they never charged the boyfriend in all of this, ” he said. “This is the best result we could obtain under the circumstances. The charges that she was originally indicted on did not fit the facts of what happened. Her crime at most is a neglect of her parental duty.”

        The mother has been extremely remorseful, and is being cooperative with the Warren County Children's Services Board, who is overseeing the juvenile, Mr. Oliver said. The daughter had been living with a relative during an investigation, but has been returned to her mother.


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