A family member is arrested for sexually abusing a young girl. Another family member sits in prison for sexually abusing the same girl.
"Our lives have been torn completely apart...completely!"
We'll call her "Rachel." We want to protect the identity of her daughter.
"Rachel" says, "I just couldn't believe it...couldn't believe it."
"Rachel" is referring to the arrest of David Anderson. He was a trusted family member. Now, he's facing charges for sexually abusing her little girl.
What makes it even more difficult for this family, another closer family member, Darrel Meyer, sits in prison for sexually abusing the same girl.
Malorie Maddox asks, "Was the abuse going on simultaneously?" "Yes." said "Rachel."
Meyer started abusing her daughter when she was just five years old. The abuse went on for six years.
Meyer admitted to his crime. He will spend at least 30 years in prison.
No one--including "Rachel" suspected anything. One day, she found text messages on her daughter's phone. Her daughter and Darrel were talking about having sex.
Rachel asked her daughter about the texts.
"I'll never forget the look on her face. She just kind of went pale and said, yeah."
Now, as new accusations come out, Rachel asked her daughter why she didn't say David had also abused her.
"Rachel" says, "She was afraid. She said, no one asked. Who would've thought to ask?"
"Rachel's" daughter is in therapy. She even switched schools.
The family is just trying to get through this.
"Rachel" says, " I just want people to know what a struggle this is. This does not affect just one person."
Carter Lake Police say there are possible pending charges against David Anderson in connection to another victim.
If you would like to help the victim's family, there is a fund set up at all Great Western Bank locations.
Ask for the "RAY OF LIGHT" fund.
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