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Man Held Family Hostage, Abused Kids For 15 Years

Man Held Family Hostage, Abused Kids For 15 Years

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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.

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Jeffrey York

“This went on for a year where this child was locked in the room, periodically let out to use the restroom, but in general, meals were brought to this child, access to clothing the restroom and everything was restricted by Mr. York,” Boerner continued.

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.

 


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    chpprsinc

    almost 4 years ago

    398 Comments

    Disgusting! unfortunatly its sometimes a vicious cycle, York was probably abused in a similar fashion. Why do people do these horrific things to others.

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    Gombino

    almost 4 years ago

    2658 Comments

    This guy is using air intended for HUMANS.

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    rhood

    almost 4 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Hope they placed him in a small cell to give a taste of what he was doing to those kids. Prayers go out to the wife and kids and hope that this ordeal that they were forced to indure is over.

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    t1401hm

    almost 4 years ago

    1754 Comments

    You got that exactly right, Newyork911. Speechless....

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    NewYork911

    almost 4 years ago

    1672 Comments

    Speechless

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    kevw25

    almost 4 years ago

    1298 Comments

    I grew up in Madison Twp. I cannot believe this happened in my hometown.

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    Strentgh to the children

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    jp208

    almost 4 years ago

    248 Comments

    Blueblood1974 has this one right! Prayers are with the children.

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    Blueblood1974

    almost 4 years ago

    5204 Comments

    I cant comment on this, because this guy is too nasty that bad words would look good on him.

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    DonnaLynn

    almost 4 years ago

    10636 Comments

    General population is to good for this POS. Prayers to the wife and children.

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    FireDad

    almost 4 years ago

    7352 Comments

    guy needs to be locked away somewhere far away from civilization.. I hope the kids are doing better...

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    dolphinblue

    almost 4 years ago

    42984 Comments

    Very sad and tragic past situation for those children....hopefully they can be reached.

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    Poor kids.I hope they come out of this.Being so long they will need a lot of help.God Bless Them.

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    manintan

    almost 4 years ago

    76 Comments

    Bump Book_Em_Mandie. let this guy watch as the world passes him by, and bubba passes him around.

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    Book_Em_Mandie

    almost 4 years ago

    6746 Comments

    What a sick, sick human being!! He's the reason we have prisons and I hope he ROTS in it!

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