Man Held Family Hostage, Abused Kids For 15 Years
Los Angeles Times via YellowBrix
September 06, 2010
MADISON TWP., Ohio — Police said what happened in the Ledge Road home of Jeffrey York for years only first became apparent after they got a call about a sex offense in December.
Two officers who went to the home were asked not only to make an official report of the crime, but were also asked by York’s wife to help her and the couple’s seven children leave.
In the months since, investigators say family members started telling them of mental and physical abuse, of being cut off from society and live in an environment where they were afraid to do anything about it.
The accusations have lead to an indictment of York on charges that include: two instances of rape involving a female under the age of 13, five instances of gross sexual imposition, six counts of child endangering, one count of aggravated menacing and five counts of domestic violence.
Police said one of the girls was forced to stay in a bedroom not much larger than a closet, basically a room within a room, according to Madison Township Detective Dan Boerner.
“Imagine an 8×10 bedroom being cut down into thirds with two-thirds being storage, one-third being made available for living space,” Boerner said on Saturday.
Investigators said the children, ages three-months to nineteen-years-old, were home schooled and had no real friends.
According to authorities, York’s family said he cut them off from contact with other relatives, saying intimidation by York prevented them from crossing him.
The intimidation and abuse lasted for 15 years or longer, police said at a news conference.
Detectives told Fox 8 News it is one of the most disturbing cases they have ever investigated, but would not answer many questions about their investigation.
York was arrested on the secret indictment and was jailed Saturday under bond of $250,000, with the condition that he not have any contact with any of the adult or minor victims, and would be subject to GPS monitoring.
His wife and family were taken to a women’s shelter after leaving the house in December. Investigators said the children have been attending traditional schools and have made a good adjustment into their new lives.
York plead not guilty to the charges.