An Ohio day care worker pleaded guilty last week to raping children at her place of employment.
Along with four counts of rape, Heather Koon, 27, is also being charged with kidnapping, pandering obscenity involving a minor, tampering with evidence, and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
Koon’s fiancé, convicted sex offender James Osborne, also pleaded guilty to his serious, but lesser charges. Koon told police that she did it because Osborne instructed her to. Originally, the couple was facing 121 charges in total, but prosecutors opted to dismiss some of them in order to simplify the case, as reported by The Chronicle-Telegram.
Koon’s defense attorney, Dan Wightman, said that his client was merely following Osborne’s orders while abusing the children. “We are hopeful that at the end of the day the judge recognizes that Heather to a great extent felt compelled to be involved in this activity,” Wightman told the courtroom. “But She does have a lot of remorse about it.”
The mother of a molested 2-year-old girl disagrees. “They’ve showed no remorse to me,” she said.
A separate mother of a 3-year-old girl express that while her child does not completely comprehend what happened, it will still scar her malleable mind.
“She doesn’t trust adults at all,” the grieving mother explained.
Investigators first discovered the abuse in September of 2013. It was discovered that Osborne, who had already been banned from using the Internet from a prior child pornography conviction, was in possession of a sexually explicit photo of a teen girl. After further inspection into Osborne’s mobile device and laptop, videos and images of Koon abusing children at the day care were discovered.
Osborne’s cell phone was also used to communicate with Koon and tell his fiancé what exactly he would like for her to do to the children.
Parents of the six victims have filed lawsuits against Koon and the day care centers, according to The Chronicle-Telegram.
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