Court Rules Thwart Mom's Quest

A teenager remains on probation after sexually assaulting a six-year-old child in his care. The victim's family wanted to speak at his probation hearing on Wednesday but court procedures prevented them from doing so.

The 16-year-old babysitter has admitted to assaulting the child. The victim's family moved out of Omaha to distance themselves from him.

On Wednesday, the victim's parents were back in town for the probation hearing. They say they want their little girl's voice to be heard and they traveled six-and-a-half hours to speak on her behalf. They never got the chance. They were told they needed to have arranged for that prior to the hearing.

The victim's mother Beth told us, "This started at the age of four. He ruined her from age four. He was an authority figure in our home and he would show his genitals and then, the actual sex act. It's just ridiculous we can't talk."

The family says their daughter is going to need therapy and they say they should not have had to move but their home was too close to that of the teenager's.

"They lived directly behind us," Beth said. "They see into our house. We share a yard. I mean she couldn't step foot in the back yard; couldn't play; couldn't be a kid. It's important that the judge and everyone know. No kid should have to go through this. No kid should have to move states away from family, from friends, from school systems to feel safe."

When the hearing was over, the teen remained on probation. He's now living out of town with his father.

Beth says she will return when the teenager is back in court, no matter how hard it is just to look at him.

"It's been hard every day to know a grown man like that affected my child since age four, to know how scared she was and everything. It hurts a lot."

Beth says she understands that the juvenile court is set up to rehabilitate. She says she wants to make sure the teenager is getting the help he needs.

Judge Vernon Daniels will review the probation decision in five months.


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