A daycare worker from Ohio named Heather Koon has pleaded guilty to 4 counts of rape after she sexually assaulted four different children back in 2013 when she worked at ABC Kidz Child Care in Elyria, Ohio. The Ohio woman has pleaded guilty to charges which include rape, kidnapping, and tampering with evidence, according to TIME.
According to TIME, this daycare worker from Ohio raped four different children from the daycare in order to appease her fiancé, who is a registered sex offender. Koon also took obscene photos of children at both the daycare and Country Day School in Amherst, Ohio, which was another child care center she worked at.Media outlets have not been able to reach ABC Kidz for a comment, and Country Day School refused to make a comment.According to the Washington Post, Dan Wightman, the Ohio daycare worker's attorney debates whether or not the woman should be labeled as a violent sexual offender. Earning that label at another hearing would give the women a mandatory life sentence without a chance of parole.
"It's very unusual to have a female charged as a sexual predator — almost unheard of," Wightman said.
"Psychologists tend to think she's more along the lines of a battered woman. She was being influenced by her boyfriend."Authorities claim the fiancé, James Osborne, instructed the Ohio daycare worker to carry out the sexual acts with children – children who were 1- and 2-years old – at the daycare in March and April of 2013. Currently, James Osborne is serving just eight years in prison for violating the guidelines of his 2011 probation.
"Koon was indicted for 40 offenses, while Osborne faced an 81-count indictment filed by the Lorain County grand jury. Each pleaded guilty to multiple charges, while some other charges were dismissed because legally they are allied offenses and by law the court could not impose sentences for them."Court documents revealed both Koon and her fiancé plead not guilty to the specifications that would label them as violent sexual predators and made the decision to dispute the specifications in court.
Just last week, Koon also plead guilty to three separate counts of illegal use of minors in nudity-oriented material and a single count of tampering with evidence and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, according to the Washington Post.The Ohio daycare worker's fiancé failed to use his own address — which would have originally led to his arrest as it was a violation of his parole. When authorities tracked him down at the daycare worker's home, he was sitting right next to a computer and holding an iPhone. Both of the devices had pictures and videos of the daycare worker abusing children. Both devices were also a violation of his parole.
According to Kreig Brusnahan, Osborne's attorney, the man does feel remorse for what he has done even though he cannot take back his actions.The daycare worker's attorney claims she is not the monster most people are making her out to be. According to her attorney, several years have passed since the original crime took place and she is a surprisingly pleasant person to be around. He does not believe Koon is a monster. In fact, he thinks she was just love struck with Osborne and in an unhealthy relationship which lead to making very bad decisions.
How do you feel about the attorney claiming the Ohio daycare worker who raped toddlers for her fiancé's enjoyment is a charming young lady? Is it true that neither one of these individuals should be classified as violent sexual offenders? Do you think eight years is a long enough sentence for what the fiancé had the Ohio worker do to the children for his enjoyment?
[Image via Lorain County Sheriff's Office]