A Minneapolis man has pleaded guilty to the horrific sexual abuse of his developmentally disabled teenage twin daughters in what has been dubbed the “house of horrors” case.
Jerry Curry, 52, pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, first-degree assault and gross misdemeanor child endangerment and is expected to be sentenced to 30 years in prison, the Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said in a statement.
Curry sexually and physically abused both daughters for years, and even impregnating one of them, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. One has a mental capacity of about 3-year-old while the other has mental capacity of a 6-year-old, according to court records cited by Minnesota Public Radio last year.
Meanwhile, the child endangerment conviction is for a younger daughter who was in the home when the abuse was taking place. She was just 10 years old at the time and “observed Curry and others physically disciplining the older daughters repeatedly over the span of two years,” according to Freeman.
“Curry admitted that on Jan. 1, 2017, he forced his daughter to have sex with him and that she did it because she knew if she did not comply, Curry could seriously hurt her,” Freeman stated. “Curry acknowledged that he had hit another daughter so severely that she suffered eye damage and both daughters were aware of that.”
The twins, now 22, were repeatedly raped, starved, chained and beaten with bats, according to the Star Tribune. One of the chains resulted in one of the victims developing gangrene, resulting in surgery.
Curry was arrested last year and the case brought up questions about Minnesota’s child protection system, the Star Tribune reports. Minneapolis police had been called to the home 53 times since 2011 in response to reports of domestic abuse and lost children, according to Minnesota Public Radio.
Curry’s wife, Shelia Wilson, pleaded guilty Sept. 19 to felony criminal neglect for her part in the case and is due to be sentenced on March 11. Sentencing for Curry has been set for Feb. 20.
“We are happy that Mr. Curry agreed to plead guilty and accept a long prison term for his crimes,” Freeman said. “That saved his victims from having to testify and relive the horrific times he put them through. This is one of the most revolting cases I have seen and our prosecution team did a terrific job to bring justice for our victims.”
As for the victims, the younger children have been placed in foster homes and the twins are now living in support services in the area.
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