A resident from California’s San Bernardino County is facing several felony charges for making children perform sexually for her own perverse pleasure.
ABC-7 Eyewitness News is reporting that Brandi Alma Valadez, 40, was charged on Monday with various counts of child abuse and lewd behavior involving minors. According to reports, Valadez allegedly forced a 9-year-boy to engage in sexual activity with a younger girl, 7, before sexually assaulting the female child as well. She was also said to have threatened both children to comply with her wishes or else, they would be violently dealt with.
During Monday’s court appearance, prosecutor Whitney Bokosky relayed the actions of Valadez that supposedly began taking place during the summer months of 2014.
“John Doe 2 was threatened,” Bokosky said, omitting the child’s name for his protection. “He does describe that Ms. Valadez threatened to put him into a bathtub that had hot water [if he didn’t comply].”
Even worse, when it came to the little girl, Valadez was actually her second abuser. A preteen boy, 12, who Valadez was also aware was raping the girl since last August, would often force himself on the female victim when she was and wasn’t being watched over by the older woman. Court officials did not reveal the exact nature of the relationship between Valadez and the three children but did say that she was in a position of “caring” for them.
“I’m going to try to get her held responsible for basically her lack of action,” Bokosky added during the court appearance, “and also the fact that she continued to allow access to Jane Doe by this other person.”
After months of dealing with the abuse, both the 9-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl bravely spoke to family members about their horrible interactions with Valadez. Those relatives, in turn, contacted law enforcement, who picked Brandi up at her Twentynine Palms home in San Bernardino last Wednesday (October 5).
On Monday, she was officially charged with six felonies, including two counts of lewd acts on a child under 14, two counts of forcible lewd acts on a child under 14, and two counts of child abuse, with a sentencing enhancement for multiple victims. If found guilty of her crimes, Valadez faces anywhere from 60 years to life in prison. She is currently being held on $1 million bail and is set to appear in court again on November 4. She has not yet entered a plea.
In related news, the online petition to the White House that was created in hopes of seeing an accused child rapist publicly hanged has been removed from the internet.
As noted by the Washington Post, the electronic document calling for the death of Benjamin Taylor, the West Virginia man who was charged with the first-degree sexual assault of 10-month-old Emmaleigh Elizabeth Barringer, was deleted from the We The People website on Friday (October 7) after garnering nearly 50,000 signatures.
Barringer, the daughter of Taylor’s former girlfriend, succumbed to her injuries from the brutal rape last Wednesday, which Taylor claims not to remember participating in. Subsequently, the accused received an additional charge of first-degree murder following the infant’s premature and saddening death.
The day after his arrest, the petition drafted for Taylor’s hanging was posted to the site by someone who referred to themselves solely as “J.D.”
“Prison is too good for child rapists and their ilk,” it partially read. “Let us hang these creatures publicly. Let us make examples of them, and allow the American people to attend these hangings so that the accused may be ridiculed.”
The link would ultimately be taken down due to being an affront to the terms of service for the We The People website, so says a spokesperson for President Obama.
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