The stench of sex offender Matthew Scott Cook's home was so powerful, officers had to leave the house to get Hazmat suits before they returned.
When they did come back, they found the Blue Ash, Ohio home was filled with feces, garbage and more than 100 animals, including snakes and bearded dragons, cluttering the home that also served as the stage for the horrific sexual abuse of a young girl, according to documents obtained by The Cincinnati Enquirer.
The home, where Cook resided with his wife and two daughters, also had a room with sex toys, pornographic videos and a bed equipped with four-point restraints. The bedroom floor was littered with snake skins, the newspaper reports.
Cook pleaded guilty to gross sexual imposition and child pornography charges and was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for sexually assaulting one of his daughter's friends.
The young girl, who was just 10 years old when the abuse began, provided a statement about the abuse that was read in court Tuesday.
She said Scott would frequently call her into another room when she was at the house to play with his daughter and force her to watch pornography. When she had sleepovers at the home, he would text her in the middle of the night and tell her to come into his room where he made her watch himself having sex with his wife.
The girl, who is now 15, described the encounters as "gross" and "scary," the paper reports. She also recalled being forced to sit in a hot tub with Scott and his wife while she wore a bikini he had purchased for her. She said he would touch her and his wife at the same time.
Over the two-year period when the abuse occurred, Scott also sexually assaulted her and forced her to touch his genitals.
The abuse has scarred the now-teenager, who said in the statement that she is on medication for depression and anxiety and has tried to take her own life in the past.
"I don't like to be hugged by any man, because I know what can happen," she said, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Scott's wife, who the paper reported is developmentally delayed, has now filed for divorce from her husband.
Scott was given the five-year sentence as part of plea deal made with prosecutors, although Judge Jody Luebbers said she would have sentenced him to a longer jail term if possible, calling him a "danger to society."
Cook was previously convicted of corruption of a minor in 2000 for a separate incident, the New York Post reports.
[Photo: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office]
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