An Ohio mom has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after she was convicted of horrifying crimes against her own children. The Dreamin' Demon reports that Ashley Ragusa has been convicted of gross sexual imposition, which included her own young daughters -- making her a truly rare type of sexual offender. The details of this case are downright shocking and serve as a reminder that not all sexual offenders are men.
Ragusa reportedly forced her two daughters, ages 7- and 8-years-old, to perform oral sex on her numerous times over a span of more than two years. Their young lives have been described by authorities as being "like a horror movie," as they were forced to experience horrific sexual abuse at the hands of their own mother.
The Toledo Blade reports that the Ohio mom had no prior criminal record leading up to the crimes of which she has been convicted. However, the judge who presided over the case showed the woman very little mercy when he handed down the sentence of a decade imprisonment. During the sentencing portion of her trial, Ashley Ragusa pleaded for leniency in the form of excuses for the crimes she committed.
"I look back and I am ashamed. I don't even recognize that person. Not only am I sober, I've had time to reflect on my life, how it was, who I was, what I want, and what I need to do to change it."The 32-year-old mother of two also entered an Alford Plea -- which is when a person admits no guilt, while at the same time acknowledging that a court possesses enough evidence on which to convict. The judge presiding over the case declared that she showed no true remorse for her actions, regardless of the statements she'd made during the sentencing portion of her trial. Once the Ohio mom finishes her sentence, she will be required to register as a sex offender every 90 days for the rest of her life.
Crimes against children by men are widely reported in the mainstream media, but mothers have also committed these horrific crimes, as illustrated by the conviction of Ashley Ragusa. While she has scarred her children for life by forcing them to perform sexual acts on her, some mothers are guilty of far worse.
This year, a New York mother named Lacey Spears was convicted in the medical abuse death of her child. She had been slowly poisoning her child with salt in order to make him "appear" sick -- all so she could garner sympathy among the "mommy blogger" crowd. The child suffered a short life before he finally died of salt-related poisoning. Last year, a mom out of San Antonio reportedly assaulted her 6-year-old son to the point of ripping and tearing his genitals away from his body. She then tried to use household superglue to reattach his private parts. He required surgery to fix what she had done.
[Photo: Lucas County Sheriff mugshot/Ashley Ragusa]